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Top Musicians to Perform in Wilson College 2010-11 Van Looy Organ Series

Posted: September 13, 2010

9/13/2010 Award-winning organists Tom Sheehan and Marko Petričić will perform at Wilson College during the 2010-11 Van Looy Organ Series.
DATE: Sept. 13, 2010
CONTACT: Kathy Lehman, Director of Conferences and Special Events
Phone: 717-262-2003
Email: Kathy.lehman

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Award-winning organists Tom Sheehan and Marko Petričić will perform at Wilson College during the 2010-11 Van Looy Organ Series.

Sheehan, who has won both the Arthur Poister National Competition in organ-playing and the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for the Mid-Atlantic Region III, will kick off the series with a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in Thomson Hall’s Alumnae Chapel.

Currently organ scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, New Jersey, Sheehan studies with Canadian organ sensation Ken Cowan, who was Wilson’s Van Looy organist last fall. In 2009, Sheehan was awarded the two aforementioned prizes.

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.

In 2007, Sheehan toured England with the Trinity Church Choir, which included performances at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and Blackburn Cathedral and St. John’s Chapel in Cambridge.

Petričić will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2011 – also in Alumnae Chapel. Currently teaching music history at the University of Indianapolis, Petričić has won awards in numerous organ competitions, most notably, first place at the San Marino National Organ Competition in California in 2000. He has performed organ recitals throughout the United States, Germany, Sweden, Spain and Yugoslavia.

Recently, Petričić participated in the Summer Organ Academy in Leipzig, Germany, and French Organ Music Seminar in Paris. He is also an accomplished bayan-accordion performer.

Petričić has Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University, where he studied with Christopher Young. He also has a Bachelor of Music degree from Ohio University, where he was taught by H. Joseph Butler.

Ticket prices for the series 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 Tickets also may be ordered online by visiting the college website at and clicking on Events and Conferences, then on Van Looy Organ Series.


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 2009-10 enrollment in both the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs was 838 and included students from 20 states and 18 foreign countries.

Wilson College Mission Statement

Wilson is an independent college with a proud history of educating women since 1869 through rigorous study of the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Wilson’s mission also includes women and men enrolled in adult degree and graduate programs. Guided by the Honor Principle and distinguished by its commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership, and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.

Last Updated: June 30, 2011