TAMIU’s New Organist Bows
in First Laredo Concert Sunday
Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) will introduce the University’s new Organist, assistant professor Colin Archibald Campbell, at its ongoing Organ Recital Series on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts’ Recital Hall.
Dr. Colin Archibald Campbell and Belinda Latsky-Campbell
Admission is free of charge and open to the public.
The Organ Recital Series is sponsored by the University’s Office of Housing and Residence Life and provides an opportunity to showcase the remarkable musical range of the University’s Sharkey Corrigan Organ.
Dr. Ray Keck, TAMIU president, said the University is excited to have Dr. Campbell join its faculty and also provide regular performances for the campus and community at large.
“Dr. Campbell is an enormously talented faculty member and performer and we are very fortunate to have him join our faculty to move our program forward. In addition to his teaching duties, he will help us to more fully realize the Sharkey Corrigan Organ’s potential with a regular series of performances for audiences of all ages,” Dr. Keck said.
Campbell joined the University this semester. He is a native of South Africa and holds his Ph.D. in Church Music from North-West University of Potchefstroom, South Africa. His Master of Music in Performing Arts-Organ was earned cum laude at the University of Port Elizabeth (UPE) in South Africa. He received the Post Graduate Award for the Most Outstanding Dissertation in any discipline. His Bachelor of Music was also received cum laude at UPE. He also holds the Performer’s Licentiate in Organ UPLM (Unisa) with distinction from the University of South Africa.
He is the recipient of numerous academic and performance awards including North-West University’s Institutional Award for Ph.D. Studies; a First Prize in Organ Category, National Classical Music Competition and is a research grant recipient for Ph.D. studies in church music from the South African Church Organists Society, among others.
For Sunday’s concert, he will be joined by guest artist clarinetist Belinda Latsky-Campbell, his wife. The performance will feature compositions by Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Widor and Vierne, including the two most well-known Toccatas by Bach and Widor. The concert's highlight will be the presentation of a new composition, "Soundscapes for Clarinet and Organ,"composed especially for the recital, by Campbell.
The Sharkey Corrigan 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.
In recent years, the TAMIU Organ Recital Series has attracted some of the world's finest concert organists to perform on the Sharkey Corrigan Organ. One, Paul Jacobs, went on to win a Grammy for his Messian interpretations.
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