posted July 8, 2008

Organ Camp Features Recitals

Organ recitals being presented in conjunction with the July 6-11 Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) organ camp for students are open to the general public.

Admission to the recitals is free.

The four events began Monday, July 7, and will continue through Friday, July 11.

The first recital, featuring five Hope alumni, was presented on Monday, July 7, in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.  The performers were Susan De Kam '02, Peter Kurdziel '96, Richard Newman '07, Abigail Rockwood '06 and David Schout '00.

The second recital, featuring faculty of the camp, will be presented on Tuesday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.  The performers will be Gregory Crowell, Steven Egler, Peter Kurdziel '96, Ann Labounsky, Marilyn Ossentjuk, Joan Ringerwole and Linda Strouf '84.

Members of the camp's faculty will also present the third recital on Thursday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Third Reformed Church.  The performers will be Paul Barte, Margaret Evans, James Kibbie, Peter Kurdziel '96, Cherry Rhodes, Karl Schrock and Linda Strouf '84.

The final recital will be a progressive recital presented by the camp's students, and will be presented on Friday, July 11, starting at 10 a.m.  The recital will begin at Pillar Church and then move to Western Theological Seminary's Mulder Chapel and conclude at Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

Pipe Organ Encounter organ camps are a 20-year-old program of the American Guild of Organists (AGO).  The local POE camp is one of seven such camps nationwide this summer and has been organized by the Holland Area chapter of the AGO.

The camp is being attended by 32 students, the maximum enrollment possible, ranging in age from 12 to 18.  The students come from eight states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania); some have had no previous experience with the organ, and others have been playing for up to 10 years.  The 14 faculty come from across Michigan as well as New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon and California; most are college or university professors.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.  PillarChurch is located at 57 E. 10th St., between Ninth and 10th streets at College Avenue.  Third Reformed Church is located at 111 W. 13th St., on 13th St. at Pine Avenue.  Western Theological Seminary is located at 101 E. 13th St., and Mulder Chapel is located east of College Avenue between 13th Street and the former 12th Street.

Additional information including a schedule is available on the Holland AGO chapter's Web site at http://www.hollandago.org/poe.html