Luther College Annual Benefactors Organ Recital March 11

The Luther College Annual Benefactors Organ Recital, set for 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in the Center for Faith and Life, features Netherlands native Paul Tegels.

The program, open to the public with no charge for admission, includes Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541 by Bach, Sonata VI by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, "Preludio pro organo pleno" by Johann Kittel and "Finale" from Sonata I by Alexandre Guilmant.

The Annual Benefactors Recital showcases international-caliber artists on Luther's renowned Robert L. Sipe Organ in the Center for Faith and Life, and serves to inspire current and prospective students to study organ while attending Luther. The performance is sponsored through the Kathryn Ulvilden Moen Organ Fund and the William B. Kuhlman Endowment for Organ Performance.      

A native of the Netherlands, Tegels is an associate professor of music at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He also serves as the university organist. Previously, he served as the dean of the Tacoma Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and currently is the president of the Westfield Center, a resource that aims for the advancement of keyboard music. In addition to giving solo and ensemble concerts throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and New Zealand, he performs duet concerts with organist Dana Robinson.

Tegels received a Master of Arts in choral conducting and a Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. He also received a Master of Music in organ performance from New England Conservatory in Boston and holds teaching and performance degrees from the Stedelijk Conservatorium in Arnhem, Netherlands. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship from the Netherlands-America Commission for Educational Exchange while he was a student at the New England Conservatory. Prior to joining the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University, he taught at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 275 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.