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March lectures and recital focus on Jewish organ music

BOONE—Organist Ann Frohbieter will present lectures and a recital focusing on Jewish organ music March 17-19 at Appalachian State University.

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Frohbieter is the organist and choral director at Congregation Emanu El in Houston and organist of Cypress Creek Christian Church in Spring, Texas.

She will lecture on “Organ and Choral Music of the Jewish Reform Tradition” March 17 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Room 204 in the Hayes School of Music. Her recital begins at 8 p.m. March 18 in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Her final lecture, “The Organ and its Music in German-Jewish Culture,” will be presented March 19 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 119 I.G. Greer Hall.

All events are free and open to the public.

Frohbieter’s fascination with Jewish sacred music led to her doctoral document on the life and organ works of Jewish composer and Holocaust survivor Herman Berlinski. In addition, she has premiered Jewish organ works composed for her by composer Michael Horvit.

She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rice University, a Master of Music from Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University. While at Rice University, she was recipient of the Gibbons award in Organ Performance. She has been featured in recitals at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Guild of Temple Musicians, and, internationally in concerts and music festivals in Austria, England, Germany and Canada.

Frohbieter has held organ positions at several large Texas churches, including Houston’s Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Grace Presbyterian Church and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Sugarland, Texas, and Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas.

Frohbieter’s three-day residency is presented by the Hayes School of Music and its organ studio, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Boone Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.