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Organist Michael Bennett offers a wide spectrum of music for the next concert of Organ at Davidson. His program is February 20 at 7:30 PM in the sanctuary. Music spanning four centuries and four countries includes works by Englishman John Cook, Germans J.S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn, French composers Vierne and Duruflé, and the American Craig Phillips.


Michael Bennett is the Director of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette, IN, where he serves as organist for all services, oversees the parish’s diverse musical offerings, directs the multigenerational choir program, and administers the concert series. Mr. Bennett is also choral director at Lafayette Jefferson High School where he directs several choirs and teaches advanced class piano.


Michael, a native of Roanoke, VA is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music where he received his Bachelor's degree in Organ Performance and the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Choral Conducting. He has performed extensively across the Midwest and East Coast, playing in cathedrals and for chapters of the American Guild of Organists in more than ten states.


Organ at Davidson programs are free with donations gratefully accepted to further the series. A meet-the-artist reception follows, hosted by Friends of the Organ. The final program of this season will be March 20, a Bach Birthday Bash

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Clara Gerdes ~ Bach Birthday Bash ~ Monday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.Clara Gerdes

Clara Gerdes, from Davidson, North Carolina, is a third-year student at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2014 where she studies with organ faculty member Alan Morrison and harpsichord with Leon Schelhase. She was the winner of the 2014 Albert Schweitzer and UNCSA School of the Arts organ competitions and the recipient of the first annual Pogorzelski-Yankee scholarship sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. Her performances have been broadcast on WDAV 89.9 classical public radio, NPR’s “From the Top” and have also been featured on the “Curtis Performs” livestream. Clara is a frequent collaborator and chamber musician, working with Choral Arts Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia and Penn Composers' Guild in addition to numerous Curtis student ensembles during the 2015-2016 school year.  Clara serves as Organ Scholar at Saint Mark's Church, Locust Street in Philadelphia. She has assisted the Charlotte, Houston and King's College (Wilkes-Barre, PA) Royal School of Church Music in America summer training courses as organ scholar, and studied privately at the Oundle school and McGill university summer organ academies.