Music Events


Organ Recitals and Friends of Music

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INTRODUCING!   The outstanding organists who will be gracing our Beckerath tracker organ this season

Please save the three Sunday afternoon dates at 4 pm and put them on your calendar.  Admission is by donation at the door ($10 suggested).  Children accompanied by an adult are cordially invited to come as guests.  A reception to meet the artist follows the recital.

 

 

COLIN MACKNIGHT – November 13, 2016, at 4 pm.

BENJAMIN SHEEN – February 26, 2017, at 4 p.m.

DARYL ROBINSON – April; 30, 2017, at 4 p.m..

COLIN MACKNIGHT, is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School, where he also received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Colin has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and prizes, including the American Guild of Organists NYC Chapter competition, followed by first prize in the AGO Northeast Regional Competition, which won him a “Rising Star” recital at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston.  At Juilliard Colin studies with Grammy award winner and chair of the organ department, Paul Jacobs. As Assistant Organist at NYC’s Church of the Resurrection under music director David Enlow, Colin’s responsibilities include both accompanying and conducting the professional choir which performs over 50 choral mass settings each year.  Colin MacKnight’s recent solo recitals include St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, and this season will include NYC’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral,  among other venues.

BENJAMIN SHEEN recognized as one of the United Kingdom’s brightest young organists is the recipient of many musical prizes, including the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize in the inaugural Longwood Gardens Organ Competition 2013.  He holds degrees from the University of Oxford and The Juilliard School, and is also a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.  As concert artist he has performed throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada, as well as in Australia and Singapore.  He has also performed with notable orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia.  During his time at Juilliard he held the post of Assistant Organist at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, under its acclaimed Organist and Director of Music, John Scott.  Following John Scott’s untimely death in August, 2015, Benjamin Sheen served as Acting Organist and Acting Director of Music with Stephen Buzard during a year-long search for a successor to John Scott.

DARYL ROBINSON is Assistant Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, Daryl Robinson has earned critical acclaim as a solo and collaborative artist.  Mr. Robinson received first Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2012 American Guild of Organists National Competition in organ performance.  A native of Houston, TX, he holds a Master of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, (studying with Ken Cowan)  and, a Bachelor of Music from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston (Robert Bates) plus private studies  with David Higgs of the Eastman School of Music.  From 2003-2015 he served as Organist at the South Main Baptist Church in Houston and was influential in the selection and design of the new Nichols and Simpson pipe organ.  He has frequently performed with the Houston Symphony & Chorus and other groups.  His performances can be heard on Naxos, ProOrgano & Albany records

FRIENDS OF MUSIC:  This recital series relies heavily on the generous financial support of its Friends of Music to maintain the series, now entering its 47th season.  As you are able, please consider supporting the series as a Friend of Music with a tax deductible donation, entitling you to admission to each recital and acknowledgment in the program.  Donors are listed in the. following categories:

PHILANTHROPISTS   $300 or more
BENEFACTORS       $200 to $299
PATRONS           $100 to $199
SPONSORS          $30 to $99

Mail checks payable to “Friends of Music at St. Stephen’s,” and mail to Friends of Music at St. Stephen’s, 119 Main Street, Millburn, NJ 07041.  Please print your name as it should appear in the program, and include your postal address as a backup

And thank you for your support!


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Friends of Music organ recital series (now in its 46th year) offers a music ministry to the larger community with recitalists from near and far, who relish the opportunity to perform on the distinguished Beckerath organ.