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Release: Oct. 29, 1999

Trumpet player, his wife, her sister join forces for faculty/family concert

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A trumpet, voice and organ concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at First Presbyterian Church, 2701 Rochester Ave. in Iowa City, will be part University of Iowa faculty recital and part family reunion.

Soprano Gerburg Krapf-Lumpe, who grew up in Iowa City, will return to town from her present home in Soest, Germany, for the occasion, in order to perform with her twin sister, organist Gerhild Krapf Greenhoe, and Krapf Greenhoe’s husband, David Greenhoe, who teaches trumpet at the UI School of Music. As a further part of the family celebration, the program will include two pieces that were written for Greenhoe and the sisters by their father, former UI organ professor Gerhard Krapf.

In yet another family connection, Krapf was for many years organist and choir director for the First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. At that time the congregation met at Old Brick in downtown Iowa City, but Krapf returned to Iowa City to play the dedication recital of the new instrument that was built for the church in their Rochester Avenue location -- the same instrument that will be featured in the Nov. 13 recital.

This faculty recital cum family musical celebration will be free and open to the public.

The pieces by Krapf will be the "Festival Suite" for organ and trumpet, which will receive its world premiere at the performance; and a setting of Psalm 150 ("Praise the Lord") for soprano and organ, which will receive its American premiere. Other music on the program will be pieces for organ solo by J.S. Bach and Max Reger; Three Songs for voice and organ by Joseph Haas; pieces for trumpet and organ by Alan Hovhaness and Johann Ludwig Krebs; and pieces featuring all three performers by Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel.

Gerhard Krapf taught at the UI School of Music 1962-77. Both Gerhild and Gerburg grew up in Iowa City, but later the family spread around the world: while Gerhild stayed on in Iowa City, Gerhard went to the University of Alberta in Canada to teach, and Gerburg went to Germany to study piano and voice.

The sisters had a reunion in Germany earlier this year, when Greenhoe’s academic work took him to Germany, and the three musicians had the opportunity to perform together at that time. They all enjoyed that performance so much that Krapf-Lumpe agreed to come back to Iowa City for a performance at the UI.

David Greenhoe explained that some new pieces were selected for the Iowa City performances. "The program was chosen in part in consideration of the church setting," he said. "This provides an opportunity to play liturgical music, some of which is not often performed in recital.

"Although our program spans early Baroque through the 20th century, the threads that connect it include a shared attitude of praise and celebration, and, in some cases, interesting similarities of musical style."

Krapf came to the UI in 1962 to found the organ department. During his tenure at the UI he built the department and oversaw the installation of the first organs at the UI School of Music. In recognition of his efforts, an organ performance hall in the Voxman Music Building has been named the Krapf Organ Studio. He left the UI in 1977 to start another organ department, at the University of Alberta (Canada) in Edmonton. He received the University of Alberta’s J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research in 1984 and retired from the university in 1987.

Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is also chair of the brass area at the UI and plays first trumpet in the UI Iowa Brass Quintet. He is active as a soloist and recitalist, and during summer seasons he performs as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta, a post he has held since 1975.

Prior to coming to Iowa, Greenhoe was a member and soloist of "The President's Own" -- the United States Marine Band in Washington D.C. -- and a member of the music performance faculty at Ball State University in Indiana. He has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Rochester (N.Y.) Philharmonic and the Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Philharmonic.

Krapf-Lumpe received her bachelor’s degree in music from the UI with a major in piano, having studied voice with Albert Gammon. She studied piano and voice in Germany and continues to be active there as both a piano teacher and accompanist for choirs and singers. She is active as a vocal soloist performing "Liederabende" (Evenings of song) and for performances of masses and oratorios. In 1995 she formed a children’s choir and theater group in Soest that she continues to direct. Since 1996 she has also been vocal instructor for the Catholic Church Music Curriculum for Bistrum of Paderborn. She is also the conductor of a nine-member men’s quartet and an 80-voice mixed choir.

Krapf Greenhoe received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organ from the UI, where she studied with Delbert Disselhorst. Her father was also an important influence in her musical training. She has served as organist in several Iowa City churches and has performed as both pianist and organist in concerts and recitals. She was graduated from the UI College of Law in 1985 and was staff attorney at the UI Hospitals and Clinics for 10 years before moving into her current position as assistant vice-president for University Relations.

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