Heidelberg School of Music presents organ recital, new composition

Jan 15, 2013

When Heidelberg University organ instructor Joan Holder McConnell presents her faculty recital on Jan. 27, her program will include the premiere of a very special piece.

In the recital, which she has titled “Baroque and Beyond,” McConnell will perform a piece composed by her husband, Douglas McConnell, professor of theory and composition and director of music technology and programs at Heidelberg. The piece, “A Trinity Suite,” was written for organ and trumpet with soprano and baritone solos and choir. It is based on three American hymn tunes, representing the three persons of the Holy Trinity.

Accompanying Joan McConnell for her program will be music faculty members Thaddeus Archer on trumpet, soprano Carol Dusdieker and baritone Greg Ramsdell. The Heidelberg University-Community Chorus, under the direction of Paul Mayhew, also will perform.

The program includes works by J.S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, Jan P. Sweelinck and Louis-Claude D’Aquin. “Hommage a Buxtehude,” a work by 20th century Czech composter Petr Eben, reflects creatively on the music of Buxtehude. McConnell explains that there is a direct thematic and formal connection between the piece she will play by Buxtehude and the Eben piece.

McConnell teaches music theory and organ for the School of Music, and serves as a staff accompanist. She has studied with Trudy Faber, Richard Benedum, David Mulbury and Karl Hochreither. In addition to these music studies, she earned a master’s degree in theological studies from the University of Notre Dame. She is also the organist and music coordinator at Trinity United Church of Christ in Tiffin.

This recital begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, at Trinity UCC. It is free and open to the public.