Performing Artists

The Smith Organ inaugural concert was presented on September 27, 2009, by Dr. Joby Bell, organ professor at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. The inaugural program included Psalm Prelude No. 6 by Herbert Howells, Sketches for Pedal-Piano, Op. 58, by Robert Schumann, Toccata by ThĂ©odore Dubois, Symphony No. 6, II and III, by Widor, Free Fantasia on "O Zion Haste" and "How Firm a Foundation" by William Bolcom, and Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532, by Bach.  Dr. Bell received the Audience Choice Award and Second Prize in the 2000 American Guild of Organists' National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. He maintains an active schedule of solo performances and various collaborative projects. He has played numerous times at the invitation of the Victoria Bach Festival, Houston Masterworks Chorus, and individual chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He has performed at AGO conventions in Atlanta (National Pedagogy Conference, 1992), Seattle (National Competition, 2000) and Houston (Region VII, 2001). Please visit Dr. Joby Bell's website at  http://www.jobybell.org/

HBU University professor Dr. Rhonda Furr offered the Opening Faculty Recital November 17, 2009, which included Buxtehude's Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne, BuxWV 137, Bach's "ST. ANNE" Fugue in Bb Major, BWV 552,  and the Final of Symphony No. 1, Op. 14, by Vierne.  Dr. Furr also performed the American Premier of Respighi's Suite in G Major for Organ and Strings with the Houston Civic Symphony on January 22, 2010. 

The First Anniversary Concert was presented by Dr. Crista Miller, Associate Director of Music and Cathedral Organist, Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Houston, on September 24, 2010.  The recital included Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532, DuruflĂ©'s Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7 and Carillon-Sortie by Henri Mulet.

Monthly afternoon recitals sponsored by the School of Music have included numerous outstanding area organists:

2010-2011 Recital Series:
  • Dr. David Henning, Director of Music and Parish Organist, St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Houston
  • Mr. Daryl Robinson, Organist/Music Associate, South Main Baptist Church, Houston
  • Mr. Rob Landes, Organist/Artist-in-Residence, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Houston
  • Dr. Rhonda Furr, Professor of Music, HBU; Organist, First Presbyterian Church, Houston
  • Mr. John Meier, Assistant Director of Music, The Church of St. John the Divine, Houston
  • Ms. Carol Nave, HBU Organ Performance Alumni, '98; IU Doctoral Candidate in Organ Performance
  • Mr. Clayton Roberts, Organist, Zion Lutheran Church, Houston

2011-2012 Recital Series:
  • Alexander Rusakov, Ph.D. student in chemistry, Rice University; a talented musician whose avocation is organ performance
  • Lois Gurney, Organist and Director of Children's Choirs at New Hope Lutheran Church, Missouri City
  • Dr. Rhonda Furr, Professor of Music, HBU; Organist, First Presbyterian Church, Houston
  • Dr. Ann Frohbieter, Oranist, Cypress Creek Christian Church; Organist/Choirmaster at Congregation Emanu El
  • Brian Granquist, Organist, First United Methodist Church, Sugar Land; Organist, Temple Beth Ueshurun
  • Kathyrn White, Music Director/Organist, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church