Dordt College News

Organ concert Aug. 26 at B.J. Haan

August 9, 2005

Dr. Robert Horton, a new faculty member in the Dordt College Music Department, will present the concert “Organ Music New and Old” on Friday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the B.J. Haan Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Dr. Robert Horton

Horton’s program for the evening consists of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Præludium in E Minor, BWV 548”; “Deux Danses” by James F. Hopkins; “Le Miroir de Meduse - Le Cercle des Bacchantes” by Jean-Jules Roger-Ducasse; “Pastorale pour orgue” by Sigfrid Karg-Elert; and “Jesu, meine Freude” aus Sinfonische Choräle, featuring soprano Kelly Hanenburg, a student at Dordt.

Robert Horton hails from Manville, Rhode Island, and holds degrees from Cornell University (B.A., 1997), Northwestern University (M.Mus., 1998) and the University of Kansas (D.M.A., 2003). Along the way, he has benefited from the counsel of such notables as James Higdon, David Craighead, Karel Paukert and Michel Bouvard.

A relative latecomer to the arts, Dr. Horton has worked quickly to establish himself as an organist, garnering prizes in organ competitions both in American and in Europe. In 2001, he was selected as a Fulbright Scholar by the governments of France and the United States. Benefiting from the joint support of both countries, he studied at the Conservatoire National de Région in Toulouse, France. There, he studied on some of the finest historic instruments in France, including the celebrated 1889 Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Basilica of Saint-Sernin and the 1791 Clicquot organ in Saint Peter's Cathedral in Poitiers.

Dr. Horton begins teaching this fall as assistant professor of music at Dordt College, where he will teach courses in organ, worship and liturgy, and aural skills.

For more information, contact the Dordt College Department of Music at (712) 722-6221.

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