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Acclaimed Organist Tom Sheehan to Open Wilson's Van Looy Series

Posted: September 27, 2010

9/27/2010 Award-winning organist Tom Sheehan will perform in the first concert of the 2010-11 Van Looy Organ Series at Wilson College at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in Thomson Hall’s Alumnae Chapel. Sheehan will also present a workshop for young people – Pedals, Pipes and Pizza – from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 23, in Alumnae Chapel.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Sept. 27, 2010
CONTACT: Kathy Lehman, Director of Conferences and Special Events
Phone: 717-262-2003
Email: Kathy.lehman @wilson.edu

Organ Workshop for Young People also Planned



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Award-winning organist Tom Sheehan will perform in the first concert of the 2010-11 Van Looy Organ Series at Wilson College at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in Thomson Hall’s Alumnae Chapel.

Sheehan, organ scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, New Jersey, will also present a workshop for young people – Pedals, Pipes and Pizza – from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 23, in Alumnae Chapel.

Sheehan has won both the Arthur Poister National Competition in organ-playing and the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for the Mid-Atlantic Region III. He studies with Canadian organ sensation Ken Cowan, who was Wilson’s Van Looy organist last fall.

Last July, Sheehan was the featured “Rising Star” performer at the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Washington, D.C. As an experienced accompanist, he has performed frequently with the Westminster Chapel Choir and the Westminster Schola Cantorum.

Sheehan will lead the workshop, which encourages interest among young people in the pipe organ and its repertoire. Registration is required for the workshop, which is open to students ages 10 through high school seniors. The registration deadline is Oct. 13.

Students are encouraged to bring a piece of their favorite music and Sheehan will work with them on perfecting their performance of the selection on the organ. Sheehan will also perform for the students at the end of the workshop, and students who attend will be treated to a free pizza lunch immediately following the workshop.

The workshop is being funded by Wilson 1938 alumna Selma Thomson of Chambersburg.

For more information or a registration form, call 717-262-2003 or send an email to kathy.lehman@wilson.edu.

During the Sunday afternoon concert, Sheehan will perform a number of classical selections, including Charles-Marie Widor’s Symphonie VI (1. Allegro), Bach’s Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor and Mozart’s Allegro and Adagio in F Major.



Ticket prices are:

Preferred seating – $10 (seating in rows E through row H)

General admission – $5 (seating in rows I through V)

Patrons - $50 to $99 (two tickets to one concert of choice, seating in rows A through D and name listed in program)

Sponsors - $100 and up (two tickets to each concert, seating in rows A through D and ad listed in program)



Additional opportunities for patrons and sponsors are available.

For more information or to order tickets, call 717-262-2003 or email specialevents@wilson.edu. Tickets also may be ordered online by visiting the college website at www.wilson.edu and clicking on Events and Conferences, then on Van Looy Organ Series.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and a master’s degree in education. The college’s 2010-11 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 796 and includes students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.



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Last Updated: June 30, 2011