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March 13: Concert showcases talent of area organist

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—An area church organist and choir director will give an organ recital March 25 at 3 p.m. in Coffman Chapel at Hood College.

William D. Powell III, adjunct instructor of piano at Hood, will present a lecture recital. The program comprises a comparison of several passacaglias—a musical form that originated in Spain in the early 17th century and is still used by contemporary composers—including those of Bach, Bingham and Sowerby.

The Walkersville, Md., native earned a bachelor’s degree from Hood and a master of music in church music from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., where he is also pursuing a doctoral degree in organ performance. He is organist and music director at Glade United Church of Christ, organist and traditional choir director at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, both in Walkersville, and assistant organist at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Frederick. At Hood, he is an adjunct instructor of piano.

For more information about the concert, contact Noel Lester, professor of music and concert manager, at or by calling (301) 696-3429.