Organ Concert Series
Lititz Church of the Brethren
300 West Orange Street
30-minute Organ Concerts on the Second Tuesday of the Month
88 Rank, Four Manual Organ
October 11, 2016
Robert Horton serves as Organist and Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA. Prior to his appointment at Trinity, he served as Interim Chapel Organist at Duke University (Durham, NC) and as Director of Keyboard Studies at Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA) where he taught organ, music history, and sacred music, and directed the college jazz band. He has performed across North America and Europe and is a laureate of numerous competitions. In 2007, his playing garnered highest honors at the Mikhail Tariverdiev Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia.
Dr. Horton hails from Manville, RI and holds degrees from Cornell University, Northwestern University and the University of Kansas (DMA, 2003). Along the way, he has benefited from the instruction of such notables as James Higdon, David Craighead, Karel Paukert and Michel Bouvard. As a Fulbright scholar, he studied at the Conservatoire National de Région in Toulouse, France, learning from some of the finest historic instruments in France, including the celebrated 1889 Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Basilica of Saint-Sernin and the 1791 Clicquot organ in Saint Peter's Cathedral in Poitiers
November 8, 2016
Kathy McKeever received her Bachelor of Music in organ performance from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY and her Master of Arts from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She was a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators for 14 years, part of that time spent accompanying and teaching at the Rain Forest International School in Cameroon, West Africa. Locally, Kathy has been involved with teaching and/or accompanying at Lancaster Bible College, Franklin and Marshall College, Penn Manor High School, and with the Mennonite Children’s Chorus. She has been the organist at Zion Lutheran in Leola, PA, and St. John Lutheran in York, PA.
December 13, 2016
John Huber has been organist for the Lititz church of the Brethren from January of 1999 to the present and this is his 36th year of playing organ for a church. John studied organ with local instructor Carl Schroeder and received the Service Playing certification from the American Guild of Organists. Mr. Huber received his Associate of Arts degree from Hesston College where he studied with Shirley King.
John has served in varying capacities for the Lancaster Chapter American Guild of Organists, including Dean.
John has given numerous concerts in the local area including Mt Gretna and Music at mid-month organ-piano duet concerts with his wife Lisa.
January 10, 2017
David A. Gross is the musician and host at the Jesuit Center, where he also works as a spiritual director. He attended Lebanon Valley College, and received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Organ Performance. David has furthered his studies in Boston with James David Christie, and in New York City with Gail Archer.
February 14, 2017
Paul Reese holds degrees in Bible and Organ Performance from Philadelphia Biblical University and a Masters degree in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College. His organ teachers include Karl Schrock, Robert Carwithen, Stefan Engels and Ken Cowan. He studied violin with Xiao-fu Zhou, music history with Dr. Samuel Hsu and J.S. Bach with Dr. Robin Leaver. In addition, Paul studied conducting with Joseph Caminiti, Andrew Megill and Joseph Orht. Passionate about church music, he spent three years interning under Paul S. Jones at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a teacher, he has worked with children’s choirs for many years and studied Dr. John Feierabend's Kodály-based Conversational Solfege methodology. Having previously held church music and school positions in Delaware and the greater Philadelphia area, Paul became Organist and Minister of Music at St. John's Episcopal Church, Lancaster, in 2012.
March 14, 2017
Dan Umholtz began his musical training in 1996 studying the piano at the age of 5 at the Braun School of Music in Pottsville, PA. Fascinated with the organ from an early age, he began organ lessons in 2001 at the age of 10 with his father, Jack. He continued his organ studies in 2008 and 2009 with Aram Basmadjian in Macungie, PA.
Dan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music with concentration in organ from Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA. At Messiah he has studied organ with Dr. Shawn Gingrich of Hershey, PA, and currently studies with Michael Stairs of Philadelphia, PA - organist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and Assistant Organist to Peter Richard Conte - Wanamaker Grand Court Organist.
Mr. Umholtz currently serves as full-time organist at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church and part-time organist at Trinity Lutheran Church, both located in Valley View, PA. He is an active recitalist and sought-after accompanist in the central PA region.
May 8, 2017
Genevieve Hash is a junior at Veritas Academy in Leola, PA. She is completing her fourth year of organ study with Margaret Marsch and has taken piano lessons under multiple teachers since she was five years old. An Honors student at her school, Genevieve is also a member of the Veritas Chamber Choir, and has been a piano accompanist and organ soloist in school concerts.
Outside of school, Genevieve is a participant in The Workshop for Young Performing Artists, and is a Cadet Chief Master Sergeant in the Civil Air Patrol. She is also involved with the children's music ministry in her church. Genevieve plans to continue her music studies, and is grateful to John Huber and Lititz Church of the Brethren for allowing her to use their organ for weekly practice.
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