Area organists will showcase
their talents during Lewis and Clark Community College Music
Department's Organ Spectacular IV at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept.
The concert, which will take place in the Benjamin Godfrey
Memorial Chapel, will feature local organists on the Rodgers
Trillium Masterpiece Series organ that arrived at Lewis and Clark
in September 2007 as a replacement for the pipe organ the college
inherited when it was founded in 1970.
Performers from this event will include Barbara Kramer, Audrey
Thomas, Roy Stillwell, Ray Bentley, Pauline Stillwell and Robert
Raymond. The organists will perform a variety of pieces, including
material from classic organ literature.
"The concert will show off the new organ and the chapel after it
has been remodeled and restored," said R. Stillwell, organ
instructor at L&C. "A group of local organists will be playing
historical masterpieces and popular music on the organ. This is the
fourth Organ Spectacular we have held. We are hoping people will
come and join L&C as we carry on this tradition."
The concert is open to the public and admission is free.
For more information regarding this event or other music
department events, please call the music office at (618)
468-4731 or visit www.lc.edu/music.
Meet the performers:
- Barbara Kramer - Kramer was an organ
performance minor at Lindenwood College. She has held church
organist positions in Nashville, Tenn., Quincy, Hillsboro and
currently is the organist for the First Congregational Church in
Bunker Hill. She is a member of the National Guild of Piano
Teachers and is chair of the Alton piano guild auditions. She also
holds membership and national certification in piano in the Music
Teachers National Association. Currently, she is a Lewis and Clark
adjunct faculty member and was also piano instructor at Blackburn
- Audrey Thomas - Thomas, 16, of St. Louis,
is the granddaughter of Joseph Volk, of Godfrey. She studies the
organ with Heather Martin Cooper at St. Monica's Catholic Church in
Creve Coeur, Mo. She won the Marie Kremer scholarship for the
second year and used the money to go to a summer camp at Salem
College and UNCSA in Winston-Salem, N. Car., studying under Timothy
Olsen. She has previously attended summer organ camps at Kansas
University and Indiana University, Bloomington. This year, she is a
senior in high school and is currently applying to colleges. She
wants to pursue a degree in organ performance.
- Roy Stillwell - Stillwell is an
experienced instructor and performer. He has taught music at the
college level in North Dakota and Mississippi and holds degrees in
music from MacMurray College and the Eastman School of Music. After
retiring from full-time teaching, he moved back to the
Alton-Godfrey area where he was raised. Stillwell teaches organ as
an adjunct instructor at Lewis and Clark.
- Ray Bentley - Bentley earned his
bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville in educational administration. He also completed an
additional 32 hours beyond the master's degree. He retired after
teaching 38 years in the Alton School District. He is a registered
piano technician with 35 years experience and serves homes,
churches and schools, including Lewis and Clark. He is the organist
at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton.
- Pauline Stillwell - Stillwell is a local
church musician. She holds music degrees from Luther College and
the University of Iowa. She teaches piano part-time at home and at
Lewis and Clark.
- Robert Raymond - Raymond earned his
bachelor's degree in piano performance from Webster University, and
his master's degree in organ and piano performance from Southern
Illinois University Edwardsville. He has taught organ at SIUE for
15 years and has served as dean of the American Guild of Organists
in Illinois. He has held several church positions and presently
serves as organist at First Presbyterian Church USA in
Edwardsville, a position he has held for 20 years.