Guest Organist Peter Stoltzfus
To Perform on Tuesday, Jan. 23

Posted January 15, 2001

HOLLAND -- Organist Peter Stoltzfus will perform at Hope College on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Stoltzfus is minister of music and organist at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, Brooklyn Heights, New York City, where he directs three choirs and oversees the activities of the music department. He is also active as a composer, having written several commissioned anthems and several dozen hymn accompaniment/descant arrangements.

From 1993 to 1995, he was assistant to Dr. Gerre Hancock at Saint Thomas church, Fifth Avenue, New York. He previously served as assistant organist at Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, and at St. Paul's Cathedral in Detroit.

Stoltzfus earned the master of music degree from the Yale University School of Music, and the bachelor of music degree from the University of Michigan. He also studied at the 1990 International Summer Organ Academy in Paris, France.

His principal teachers have been David Bartlett, Robert Glasgow, Gerre Hancock, Charles Krigbaum, Walden Moore, Thomas Murray and Carl E. Schroeder. He has been active on the executive boards of the New York City and Brooklyn chapters of the American Guild of Organists.

Stoltzfus maintains a regular recital and accompanying schedule, which has included performances for national conventions of the Organ Historical Society and the Association of Anglican Musicians, and has performed widely along the East Coast.

He has performed at The Alexandra Palace in London, England, as part of a series of recitals to raise restoration funds for the instrument there, and has played for services at Ely Cathedral, Southwell Minster, and Bury St. Edmunds Cathedral as part of the 1993 tour of the Trinity, New Haven Boys Choir. He has also played many other instruments in England, Poland and France, in informal situations or as part of organ study tours.

The program on January 23 will open with the "Praeludium in G minor" by Dieterich Buxtehude, and will continue with the "Allegro" from the "Sonata No. 3 in F Major" by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Two works by J.S. Bach, "Hilf Gott, das mirs gelinge" (BWV 624) and "Liebster jesu, wir sind hier" (BWV 731) will follow, as will the "Ronde Francaise" by Leon Boellmann. The first portion of the program will conclude the "Adagio" from "Symphony No. 5" and "Variations" from "Symphony No. 8," both by Charles- Marie Widor.

Following an intermission, Stoltzfus will perform Louis Vierne's "Final" from "Symphony No. 1" and "Pastorale" from "24 Pieces in Free Style." The program will continue with "Meditation" on "Picardy" by Leo Sowerby, and a "Gospel Prelude" on "What a friend we have in Jesus" by William Bolcom. The program will conclude with three preludes by George Gershwin.

The recital was made possible through the generous support of the college's Tom Donia Memorial Organ Fund. The fund was created in 1990 by family and friends of Tom Donia, a 1971 Hope graduate who died in 1990. The director of communications for the American Red Cross, Donia had a life- long interest in music.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on the corner of 12th Street and College Avenue on the campus of Hope College.


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