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Northview grad to perform at organ festival

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Northview High School graduate will perform in the annual Indianapolis Pipe Organ Festival this weekend.

Schuyler Brinson is one of six organists who will take part in the event, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m., at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis.

The other organists include Mark Herris, Charles Manning, Travis Person, David Sims and Dawn Waddell.

The American Guild of Organists -- Indianapolis Chapter -- sponsors the event.

The six will perform on the Goulding and Wood, a four-manual, 80 rank pipe organ.

Each will perform classic works, including pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Brinson, who is the Minister of Music and organist for Broadway United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, will perform variations on "Old Folks at Home," by Dudley Buck, and "Festival Toccata," by Percy Fletcher.

According to information provided by a biography of Brinson, he "maintains a busy schedule as an accompanist, organist and conductor."

Brinson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in church music and organ from Anderson University.

He has performed with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra and the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra.

In addition, he has performed with Gospel artist, Sandi Patty.

In 2007, Brinson premiered a new work titled, "A Mass for Organ and Trombone," written by composer Rick Vale.

In 2008, he won the Concerto/Aria competition at Anderson University and performed with the Anderson Chamber Orchestra.

In 2009, he received the Organ Performance Award from the School of Music at Anderson University.

Brinson has served as the accompanist for the Anderson University Chorale and currently serves as the staff accompanist for the Lawrence Central High School Choral Department.

He is the assistant conductor of the Anderson Symphonic Choir.

Brinson has played for and directed several theatrical productions and serves as an Orchestra Conductor at Footlite Musicals in Indianapolis.

He has also guest conducted for the Brazil Concert Band, Terre Haute Community Band and Anderson University Community Concert Band.

He has memberships with the American Guild of Organists and the American Choral Directors Association.

Admission to the event is $15 for adults and $10 for students. Advance ticket orders cost $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The pipe organ festival began in 2007 by the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, in partnership with St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

For more information, log on to www.indyago.org.

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