Skinner Organ 90th Birthday Celebration Concert

Dr. Wilma Jensen, renowned organist, will be the featured guest at the 90th Birthday Celebration Concert for our 1925 Skinner pipe organ. The Sunday, September 27 program begins at 4:00 p.m. and will include organ works from the 1700’s to the twentieth century by composers from various countries.

Dr. Jensen has been heralded as an outstanding recitalist, church musician and teacher. As
Professor of Organ at Indiana University and other schools, she helped shape a generation of
outstanding organists. Her concert career has taken her throughout the U. S. and around the world, including tours of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, West Germany, France, Poland, England and The Netherlands.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Dr. Jensen was a pupil of Catharine Crozier and Harold Gleason. She is the Choirmaster/Organist Emeritus at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where she has served for nineteen years. She has made critically acclaimed recordings, both as an organ soloist and as conductor of the St. George’s Choir. Under her direction, the St. George’s Choir was invited to sing for the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and an extended tour in Europe. In April of 2016, she will be presented the Distinguished Artist Award from the National American Guild of Organists.

The Skinner Organ Company, generally acknowledged as the finest and most innovative company of the period, designed and installed the organ at our church. Ernest M. Skinner’s concept of organ building was to recreate effects and voices of the orchestra and toincrease the freedom and control of the organist by use of innovative controls. Mr. Skinner built noteworthy instruments for churches and universities such as The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Yale University and Washington Cathedral.

Join us in the Sanctuary on Sunday, September 27, as we welcome Dr. Jensen for this special 90th Birthday Celebration of the Skinner organ.