Salem to Celebrate Organ Legacy with Gala

September 12, 2012

Salem to Celebrate Organ Legacy with Gala

Margaret Mueller with husband

On Saturday, September 15, Salem College and the School of Music will celebrate its magnificent legacy of organ teachers, students and alumnae with a symposium and recital featuring the historic Shirley Recital Hall 1965 Flentrop organ.

Through lectures, conversation and performance, Salem will honor the role of legendary teachers John and Margaret Mueller and their extraordinary influence in the Baroque organ movement in America and the historical importance of Salem’s Flentrop organs. The day’s festivities begin at 1:00 pm in Shirley Recital Hall in the Elberson Fine Arts Center at Salem College. Events include a lecture on the Mueller legacy by internationally acclaimed organist and former student of John Mueller, Kimberly Marshall,. It will be followed by a workshop on injury-preventive organ technique with noted technique expert Barbara Lister-Sink and Alexander Technique instructor Susan Perkins. A panel discussion and tour of the organs in the Fine Arts Center will follow.

At 8 p.m., Timothy Olsen, professor or organ at Salem College and UNC School of the Arts, will join Kimberly Marshall for a gala concert, which will be followed by a public reception in honor of the Muellers. The Organ Legacy Day will inaugurate a campaign to restore the historic 1965 Flentrop Organ in Shirley Recital Hall of Salem College. All events are free and open to the public.