New TAMIU Organist Bows
in First Sharkey-Corrigan
first Texas A&M International University faculty performance on the Sharkey-Corrigan
Pipe Organ will take place Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in
the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall.
Morita, TAMIU visiting assistant professor of organ and accompanist,
will inaugurate the new Sharkey-Corrigan Recital Series. (photo)
is free of charge and public is welcome to attend.
evening program will include Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E flat
Major; Buxtehude’s Ciacona in E Minor; Messiaen’s Apparition
de l’ Eglise Éternelle; Gárdonyi’s Mozart
Changes, Franck’s Cantabile and Widor’s “Allegro” from Symphony
VI in G Minor, Op. 42.
Born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, Morita
started her musical training at the Yamaha Institute of Music in Iwakuni,
Yamaguchi. After the completion of her Associate Bachelor of English
at Nanzan Junior College in Nagoya, Aichi, she transferred to Seton Hill College
in Greensburg, PA. earning a Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music in Organ Performance. A
Graduate Award Fellowship recipient, she earned a Master of Sacred Music in
Organ Performance from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She is a Doctor
of Music candidate in Organ Performance and Literature at the Indiana
University School of Music in Bloomington, Ind.
she spent a year as Music Intern at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville,
Tenn. where she provided organ music for the diverse 3,000-member congregation
and played an integral part in the church’s renowned choral program. She
also served as accompanist at Seton Hill College, Emory University, and at
the String Academy of Indiana University during her studies at these institutions.
For three consecutive summers (2001-03),
she participated in the International Summer Music Academy in Leipzig,
Germany, a co-sponsored program by the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix
Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig and the Juilliard School of Music
in New York City, performing in the recitals at Thomaskirche in Leipzig and
the Brandenburg Dom in Brandenburg, Germany. Well-traveled, she has
performed in the US, Odense, Denmark and Tokyo, Japan.
duties at TAMIU include performance and instruction on the Sharkey-Corrigan
Pipe Organ and serving as staff accompanist for the College of Arts and Sciences’ department
of Fine and Performing Arts.
The Sharkey-Corrigan Pipe
Organ was a gift of the E. H. Corrigan Foundation, lead by longtime
Laredo businessman E. H. Corrigan, passionate supporter of the arts. Corrigan
has said his gift is a statement of an affection for his hometown and intended
to provide this area with one of the finest pipe organs, making real its
musical riches for generations to come.
Constructed by the Kegg
Company of Hartville, Ohio, the Sharkey-Corrigan Pipe Organ has 69
ranks and 52 stops. It features 3998 pipes, four keyboards and a pedal board
placed in three locations. The largest pipes are made of zinc, but most
are alloys of tin and lead. Three sets of wood pipes are made of poplar, basswood
and pine. The Organ’s total weight is approximately 35,000
Its inaugural performance took place this past July and featured Dr. David
Heller of Trinity University.
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