TAMIU’s Sharkey-Corrigan Organ Recital Series Features Performance by Riveting Musician

TAMIU’s Sharkey-Corrigan Organ Recital Series Features Performance by Riveting Musician

Dr. Christopher YoungThe dynamic and talented Dr. Christopher Young will delight audiences at the Texas A&M International University Sharkey-Corrigan Organ Recital Series Tuesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts.

This concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Young, professor of music and chairman of the organ department at the Indiana University Jacob School of Music, Bloomington, Ind., teaches applied organ and several courses for the organ department. Among the classes he teaches are graduate organ literature history cycle and classes in church music.

A native of New England, Young won the 1988 National Young Artist Competition of The American Guild of Organists and the 1988 Arthur Poister Competition (Syracuse University). He was also recognized by Musical America as one of their outstanding Young Artists of 1989. His concert career began under the auspices of a special young artist program provided by Karen McFarlane Artists and continued under the Young Organists Cooperative, of which he was a co-director until 1993.

Young has been a featured artist at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and at the Region V convention of the Guild in 2005 Grand Rapids, Mich. He has also been heard on Minnesota Public Radio's “Pipedreams,” a program broadcast on National Public Radio, and has appeared in concert in Minnesota with the Rochester Chamber Chorale and the Minneapolis Chamber Symphony and with his wife, violinist Brenda Brenner.

A review of one of his performances in The New York Times said he is “A distinguished interpreter with a firm, commanding technique. Two qualities were particularly striking … One was the sense of drive brought to the music. The other winning quality … was his attention to detail.”

The Rochester, N.Y., Times Union said his “Sure-fire fingers and fancy footwork spark Kilbourn Hall Organ Recital.”

The Kansas City Star said he had “Absolute digital independence, rhythmic exactness, nimble technique, clarity and control. He commands the contrapuntal and rhetorical aspects of the organ most impressively.”

In addition to concertizing, Young presents master classes, workshops and lectures. He has given classes and performances at several church music clinics, including the St. Olaf Conference on Music and Theology, and the national convention of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

Young graduated Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors in music from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and earned his M.M. and D.M.A. from The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, New York.

The Series was initiated in 2006 by Mariko Morita, visiting assistant professor of organ and accompanist. Sharkey-Corrigan Organ and Morita’s performances featured in “Pipedreams” earlier this year under “New Organs in the New Year.”

The Sharkey-Corrigan Organ is a gift of the E. H. Corrigan Foundation, led by longtime Laredo businessman and passionate supporter of the arts E. H. Corrigan.

For additional information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences, department of fine and performing arts, at 326.2654.

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