First Baptist Church
The Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will sponsor a recital by Jillian Gardner on Friday, January 25, 2019, at 7:00pm. The concert will be held at First Baptist Church, 2206 Sixteenth Avenue in Vero Beach. Admission is free to the community; a free-will offering will be accepted to benefit a scholarship fund for young organists. This concert will be a culminating performance after the Pedals, Pipes, & Pizza event presented by invitation only to local elementary school music students earlier that day.
The Pedals, Pipes, & Pizza program is offered by the Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Guild of Organists to introduce young, aspiring pianists to the pipe organ. Local elementary music teachers were invited to bring their students on this exciting field trip to give the youngsters an opportunity to learn more about the history of the “King of Instruments”, how it works, and experience the versatility of the instrument. Paul Ives, longtime member of the American Guild of Organists, has been a part of the event for many years. He said, “I have watched young people sit at the console and press the keys for the first time. As a thunderous, melodious sound comes out of the chambers, their eyes get as big as saucers, the expression on their faces say, ‘did I do that?!’ This first encounter with the organ has produced some of the world’s finest organists. Many would be surprised to learn that, while other instruments are sometimes used in churches today, the pipe organ still retains its position of grandeur and inspiration in worship. New organs are being built and installed somewhere in the world every day.”
To wrap up a spectacular day, an evening recital will be offered at 7:00pm at First Baptist Church of Vero Beach, given by Jillian Gardner. This recital is open to the public and all students who attended the day’s events are invited to attend. Gardner is an accomplished organist with degrees from both Baylor University and the Oberlin Conservatory. She is currently the Director of Music and Organist at Austin Avenue United Methodist Church in Waco, Texas. The program for this recital will include selections by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Shearing, Fletcher, and Rheinberger to name a few.
The Scholarship program, of which the free-will offering for this recital will benefit, exists to identify and assist young people in their initial organ studies. Former recipients include Jill Truax, presently the Associate Music Director of Community Church of Vero Beach, and Tom Ignui, a current Graduate student at Yale University. Currently, Joseph Parr and Hannah Spector are students of Neal Campbell and Brady Johnson, respectively.
The mission of the Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspire education, and certification of Guild members.
For more information about the events featured, please visit https://www.agohq.org/young-persons-guide/ or contact Dr. Neal Campbell, Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church, at (772) 567-1146 ext. 215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.