Summer concerts July 24, 25

Thursday July 15 2010

 

A free summer concert series featuring an organ recital and the launch of a new professional-level choir will be presented by Lynchburg College Graduate Studies in Music on July 24 and 25.

The organ recital, to be held at Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. , Saturday, July 24, will feature Grace Eun-Hee Kim of South Korea.

Kim will be performing works by J.S. Bach, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Franz Joseph Haydn, Dudley Buck, and Charles Ives.

Kim has given numerous recitals throughout Korea, the United States, and China and has produced three CDs. She is an assistant professor at Chongshin University in Seoul, South Korea, and serves as director of the university's Conservatory of Continuing Education Center.

Kim graduated from Kei-Myung University in South Korea with a bachelor of music in piano. She began her organ studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina in 1985. She earned a master of church music degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and a doctor of musical arts from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.

As an organist, Kim has achieved recognition for her skill in hymn-playing improvisation. She has conducted numerous hymn-playing workshops for church musicians in Korea and the United States and has published Hymn Improvisations for Church Organist & Pianist I, I, III.

The Lynchburg Chamber Choir and the LC Summer Choral Union Practicum Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Snidow Chapel at Lynchburg College.

The Lynchburg Chamber Choir is a newly-formed professional-level choir, the only one of its kind in Central Virginia. Led by Jong Kim, LC professor of music and director of choral activities, the choir will focus on choral masterworks from the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as living composers to promote understanding among different cultures.

The Chamber Choir will perform works by Gjeilo, Hanson, Childs, Morten Lauridsen, and Haydn.

The LC Summer Choral Union Practicum Choir will be conducted by six students in the master's of music program at Lynchburg College. Antonios Ververis of Greece, Melanie Braxton Coleman of Madison Heights, and Katie Pyles of Bridgewater, Va., are returning for their second summer of study. They are joined by Kevin Kvam of Korea, Lee Anne Sheridan of Danville, and Glynis Hopkins of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Practicum Choir will perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, Randall Thompson, and Gershon Kingsley.

Lynchburg College's master of arts in music program is an intensive summer graduate program in choral or instrumental conducting that provides advanced and in-depth training for current conducting professionals, as well as for those preparing for doctoral programs in conducting. For more information about auditioning for the Lynchburg Chamber Choir, contact Jong Kim at 544-8443 or kim@lynchburg.edu.