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The Van Looy Series is named in honor of Ellen Van Looy Reed ’53. Ellen’s mother, Priscilla Van Looy, donated the total cost for the rebuilding of the console and relays of the Moller organ. 

 

Elizabeth & Raymond Chenault

America's Famous Duo Organists

 

October 23, 2016
3 PM – Thomson Chapel

 

Tickets:

Adults = $7.00
Kids 16 and under = FREE
Complimentary Reception to follow in Lenfest Lobby

Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault, duo-organists, have performed extensively throughout the United States and in Europe.  Specializing in works written for two performers, the Chenaults have commissioned and premiered over forty organ duets. Because of their unique and refreshing repertoire, combined with their exciting and sensitive artistry, the Chenaults are in demand as recitalists and have established themselves as America's leading duo-organists.

Their duet career began in 1979 when Arthur Wills of England's Ely Cathedral composed Toccata for Two for them, followed by John Rutter's Variations on An Easter Theme in 1982.  They have been featured recitalists at numerous national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in San Diego, Helzberg Hall (Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Missouri), the Crystal Cathedral, the Mormon Tabernacle, Washington National Cathedral, St. Paul's Cathedral (London), York Minster Cathedral (England) and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.  The Chenaults have commissioned duets from Ronald Arnatt, David Briggs, Charles Callahan, Melinda Clark, Pamela Decker, Alan Gibbs, Naji Hakim, Gerre Hancock, Gaston Litaize, Douglas Major, Jefferson McConnaughey, Philip Moore, Bruce Neswick, Dorothy Papadakos, Stephen Paulus, Craig Phillips, Daniel Pinkham, Robert Powell, Myron Roberts, Richard Shephard, Conrad Susa, Paul Lindsley Thomas and Nicholas White.  The Chenaults have arranged several pieces for organ duet, including several popular Christmas carols, Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever," and a medley of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera."

The Chenaults have been featured on "Pipedreams" and record on the Gothic Record Label. Their premiere recording 20th Century Organ Music for Two was recorded at Roswell United Methodist Church (Georgia), 20th Century Organ Music for Two, Volume II was recorded at Washington Cathedral, and their third CD, Christmas at Spivey Hall, was recorded at Clayton State College, Morrow, Georgia.  Several volumes of The Chenault Organ Duet Library Collection have been published by Warner Brothers and may be purchased directly from the Chenaults via email at rchenaultduo@gmail.com.

The Chenaults were featured at the 1992 AGO Convention in Atlanta and on "Performance Today," National Public Radio's daily classical music program, which was broadcast live from Spivey Hall in Morrow, Georgia.  The Chenault duo's most recent duet premieres include "An American Suite" by Melinda Clark for the Georgia Music Teachers' Association Conference (2012), and "Conditor Alme Siderum" by Pamela Decker for the Region IV AGO Convention (2013).