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Organist Thom Robertson to perform Friday

Oct. 11, 2012 @ 08:20 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Organist Thom Robertson will be taking advantage of the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church's refurbished organ with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

Robertson recently retired as full-time director of music at Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond and a master's of sacred music degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he studied organ with Robert Anderson and choral conducting with Lloyd Pfautsch. He has served in music positions in Hampton and Danville, Va., Amarillo Texas, and St. Paul, Minn. He was president of the Association of Anglican Musicians from 1996 -98. He has taught organ, harpsichord, and piano at West Texas A&M University and was principal organist and harpsichordist for the Amarillo Symphony.

He currently serves as a member of the board of The Portageville Chapel, a retreat center for organists, and is on the staff of The Chesapeake Organ Service Company of Baltimore.

The concert is free to the public though a free will offering may be made to help support public music presentations at Johnson Memorial.

Robertson has taught organ and keyboard to Johnson Memorial music director Robert Wray, also playing at his wedding.

In addition to the recital Friday evening, Robertson will play for the Sunday morning service at 10:55 a.m. He will accompany the choir's presentations of Ralph Vaughan Williams' "O How Amiable" and Leo Sowerby's "I Will Lift Up My Eyes."