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Critically Acclaimed Organist to Perform April 15 at Wilson College

Posted: March 23, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Award-winning organist Gordon Turk will close the Wilson College 2011-12 Van Looy Organ Series with a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15 in Thomson Hall’s Alumnae Chapel.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:
March 23, 2012
CONTACT: Kathy Lehman, Director of Conferences and Special Events
Phone: 717-262-2003
Email: kathy.lehman@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Award-winning organist Gordon Turk will close the Wilson College 2011-12 Van Looy Organ Series with a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15 in Thomson Hall’s Alumnae Chapel.

Winner of the John Cerevalo Prize for “excellence in the performance of the music of J.S. Bach,” Turk has been a prizewinner in the national improvisation competition of the American Guild of Organists. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, playing Carnegie Hall and performing in the legendary Bolshoi Philharmonic in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in international organ festivals of Switzerland and the Ukraine. He has made two concert tours in Japan, and recently returned from his second concert tour in the Ukraine, playing solo performances and also concertos with orchestra.

A composer of works for chamber orchestra, organ, voice, and chorus, Turk is also active as a consultant for the building of new pipe organs and restoration of historic instruments. He has conducted master classes at universities throughout the U.S. and in Europe, as well as for national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, also serving as dean of the Philadelphia chapter of the AGO.

A graduate of the famed Curtis Institute of Music, Turk has a master’s degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts. As resident organist of the historic auditorium in Ocean Grove, N.J., Turk plays weekly recitals on the organ of more than 10,000 pipes during the summer season. He is also founder and artistic director of the Summer Stars Chamber Music Festival.

The Van Looy Organ Recital Series is named in honor of Wilson College alumna Ellen Van Looy Reed, Class of 1953. Funds for the total cost for rebuilding the console and relays of the Möller organ were donated by Priscilla Van Looy, the mother of Ellen Van Looy Reed.

For more information or to order tickets, call 717-262-2003 or email specialevents@wilson.edu.

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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 master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2011-12 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 746 and includes 21 students from 10 foreign countries.

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Last Updated: March 23, 2012