The Heidelberg School of Music and Theatre presents Faculty Artist Joan McConnell in a program of works for organ, both old and new. The recital will take place at Trinity United Church of Christ, 131 E. Perry Street, in Tiffin. Joan's program will feature works by Bach, Pachelbel, Langlois and Mendelssohn, among others.
Joining Joan on the program will be Heidelberg faculty artist Carol Dusdieker, soprano. Carol and Joan will premiere a new work by Heidelberg composer Doug McConnell. The new piece, Balm, is written in memory of the slain members of Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and all other victims of violence. The piece uses fragments from the spiritual There is a Balm in Gilead, as it explores the need for healing in a world torn by violence.
Joan Holder McConnell teaches music theory and organ for the School of Music, and serves as a staff accompanist. Her degrees include the master’s in organ performance (University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music) and the bachelor’s in Church Music (Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio and Berliner Kirchenmusikschule, Germany). 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.
Mrs. McConnell is the organist and music coordinator at Trinity United Church of Christ in Tiffin and has a special interest in supporting the training of organists for work in the church. In addition to her teaching duties at Heidelberg, she has worked with several adult organ students in Tiffin and surrounding communities. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists, having recently completed a two-year term as dean of the Toledo Chapter.