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Sept. 21: Concert features compositions for organ, harpsichord

Friday, September 21, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A concert featuring a locally renowned musician performing compositions for organ and harpsichord will be held Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. in Coffman Chapel at Hood College.

Wayne L. Wold, D.M.A., associate professor, college organist and chair of Hood's music department, will perform organ works by Bach, Reger and Lübeck, and harpsichord works by Handel and Utterback. The program will also feature the debut of several new pieces composed by students in Wold's composition classes, and the Frederick premiere of Wold's Praises and Petitions, a piece commissioned by the First Christian Church in Hagerstown, Md., in honor and in memory of longtime church member and organ-builder Leon Cross, which was premiered at that church in November.

Wold has performed numerous times with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and will perform Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the orchestra in November. He has performed in concerts and hymn festivals throughout the United States and in Europe.

Also active as a church musician, clinician, composer and author, Wold serves as director of chapel music at the Naval Support Facility near Thurmont, Md., and leads numerous music and worship clinics and conferences each year. Nearly 300 of his original compositions are in print, including 20 volumes of works for organ, 30 choir anthems, a children's musical and hymn tunes found in six different hymnals. A published poet and author, he has written numerous hymn and anthem texts, professional and review articles, and three books.

Wold earned a bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.; a master's degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio; and a doctor of musical arts degree from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. He also earned certification as an associate of the American Guild of Organists.

The chapel is handicapped accessible and admission to the event is free.

For more information about the concert, call (301) 696-3782.