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Concert pays tribute to former music professor

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—An organ concert to pay tribute to a former Hood College music professor will take place Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. in Coffman Chapel at Hood College.

Wayne L. Wold, DMA, associate professor of music, college organist and chair of the music department, will perform a number of works to honor Professor Emeritus William Sprigg, a well-known teacher, church musician and concert organist who taught at Hood from 1947 to 1988. The program will include some of Sprigg's signature pieces—Boellmann's Suite Gothique and Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor—as well as a piece composed by Sprigg and several pieces he recorded in the early 1960s.

Wold will perform on the chapel's Moller pipe organ, built in 1955 and designed by Sprigg. Since then it has received two additions—the Sihler Memorial Trompetas Reales in 1971 and the Charles and Kathryn Z. Nicodemus additions in 1994. With 2,450 pipes, it is one of the largest pipe organs in the region.

Wold earned degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory, Wittenberg University and Concordia College, and is certified as an associate of the American Guild of Organists. He performs widely on organ and harpsichord, as both a solo and ensemble performer, and he appears frequently with the Hood Chamber Players and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. He is the director of music ministry at First Lutheran Church of Ellicott City, Md., and for 17 years served as director of chapel music at Camp David. Wold is a prolific composer, with more than 300 of his compositions in print with publishers in the U.S. and Australia. He is the author of three books and numerous journal articles.

CD copies of Sprigg's recordings will be available; proceeds will go to the College's Organ Restoration Fund.

For more information, contact Wold at woldw@hood.edu.