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Guest Artist Presents October 14 Organ Recital

October 8, 2010

86228October 8, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Organist Andrew Peters will visit the DePauw University School of Music as a guest artist next Thursday, October 14. Peters will present a 7:30 p.m. recital in Kresge Auditorium, Green Center for the Performing Arts. The program is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception in the Great Hall of the Green Center where audience members can meet the artist.

The performance on the the J. Stanford Smith concert organ will include works by Bonnet, Bach, Jongen, Sweelinck, Sixten, Mader, and Decker.

Peters will present a master class for students in the School of Music the following morning.

A native of New Jersey, Andrew Peters serves as pastoral musician (organist-director of music) at Second Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated cum laude with a church music degree and music department distinction from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. While studying with John Ferguson, he served at All Saints Episcopal Church and United Methodist Church in Northfield, and as assistant organist in worship services at St. Olaf.

In 1996, Peters received the Peter B. Knock Sacred Music Award from Rye, New York, and the Paul and Ruth Manz Church Music Scholarship. He won several competitions in 1997, including first-place in the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Twin Cities Competition and the John Rodland Memorial Scholarship Competition. In 2004, Peters placed second in the San Marino/Elizabeth Elftman Organ Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance.

Peters began his piano and organ studies with Noel and Barbara Piercy and completed additional organ study with Agnes Armstrong, 5237Douglas Cleveland, and Wilma Jensen. He maintains an active recital schedule playing venues across the United States. As a member of the American Guild of Organists, he served as dean of the Nashville AGO chapter and director of the 2010 St. Louis Pipe Organ Encounter for young organists. His recording, Spirited Sounds in a Small, Sacred Space, features Peters' performance on the 14-rank Schoenstein Organ of the historic Franklin Presbyterian Church, and was reviewed by The Diapason as having "versatility of repertoire ... clean and imaginative playing ... continually appropriate registration."

For more information, visit the DePauw School of Music online.

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