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Release: March 3, 2000

Marilyn Keiser will open sacred music conference with organ recital March 16

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Organist Marilyn Keiser will open "Institute for Sacred Music 2000," a conference on the role of music in worship, with a free public recital at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 16 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Keiser is on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music, where she teaches sacred music and organ performance. Her performance is sponsored by the UI School of Music and the Frederick T. Rahn Memorial Fund.

The conference will be hosted by the organ area of the School of Music March 16-19. Participants include Keiser, UI Director of Choral Activities Timothy Stalter, and theologian and author Marva Dawn from Vancouver, Wash.

Conference sessions will be offered on a variety of topics of interest to church musicians, clergy, and worship leaders, including "The Culture of Worship," "Music in the Small Church" and "Implementing Postmodern Worship." Stalter will conduct an open rehearsal for conference participants and hold a session on "Servanthood in the Choral Rehearsal."

Registration forms and information on the conference may be obtained from the UI organ department at (319) 335-1630.

The program for Keiser's March 16 recital will comprise eight pieces spanning the 18th through 20th centuries: the Prelude and Fugue in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn; Concerto in F major, op. 4 no. 5 by George Frideric Handel; Prelude on Psalm 34:6 by Herbert Howells; Sonata No. 8 in E minor for organ by Joseph Rheinberger; movements from "Windows of Comfort" by Dan Locklair; Two hymn-tune preludes by Mark Jones; "Pieces de Fantasie," op. 54, by Louis Vierne; and "Carillon -- Sortie" by Henri Mulet.

Keiser has appeared throughout the United States in concerts sponsored by churches, colleges and chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). She has been a featured artist for regional and national conventions of the AGO. She has appeared as featured artist for the International Congress of Organists in Cambridge, England; in concert at the Royal Victoria Hall with the Singapore Symphony; at the American Cathedral in Paris; and at the Southern Cathedrals Festival in Winchester, England.

Keiser has given lectures and workshops in church music across the United States, specializing in music for small churches. She has been president of the Association of Anglican Musicians, a contributing editor to the hymnal, "Ecumenical Praise," has served on the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Church Music and was a consultant to the committee for the 1982 Episcopal Hymnal. She also served five years as chair of the advisory board for the Leadership Program for Musicians for Small Congregations. She is currently chair of the Worship and Music Commission for the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis and co-organist of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington, Ind.

She has received an honorary doctorate from the Virginia Theological Seminary, was presented the Unitas Citation from Union Theological Seminary and has received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Indiana University School of Music. Her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, and she has recordings on the Gothic and Pro Organo labels.

A native of Springfield, Ill., Keiser received a bachelor's degree in sacred music from Illinois Wesleyan University. She received a master's and doctoral degrees in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Upon graduation she became assistant organist of the Riverside Church in New York, and later served as associate organist/choirmaster of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

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Sacred Music 2000

Conference Schedule


1-2 p.m., 1050 VMB Registration
2 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall "The Culture of Worship," Marva Dawn
3:30 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall "The Relation of Worship and Evangelism," Marva Dawn
6 p.m., Memorial Union Institute for Sacred Music Dinner
8 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall Organ Recital, Marilyn Keiser


9 a.m., Clapp Recital Hall "Music in the Small Church," Marilyn Keiser
10:30 a.m., Clapp Recital Hall Organ Service Repertoire, Marilyn Keiser
1:30 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall "What Kind of Community Must We Be to Invite the World," Marva Dawn
3 p.m., Choral Room "Servanthood in the Choral Rehearsal," Timothy Stalter
4:15 p.m., Choral Room Open Rehearsal/Demonstration for Evening Service, Timothy Stalter
5:30 p.m., St. Andrew American Guild of Organists Dinner

Presbyterian Church
7:15 p.m., St. Andrew Choral Rehearsal
8 p.m. St. Andrew Vesper Service


9 a.m., Clapp Recital Hall "Bridging the sides in the worship wars -- by Being Church," Marva Dawn
10:30 a.m., Clapp Recital Hall Panel Summary: "Implementing Postmodern Worship," Marva Dawn, Marilyn Keiser, Timothy Stalter; Melanie Jacobson, moderator.


8 a.m. Trinity Episcopal Church Service, Marva Dawn, preaching
9 a.m., Trinity Episcopal Adult Forum with Marva Dawn
10:15 a.m., Trinity Episcopal Choral Eucharist, Marva Dawn, preaching
2 p.m., Trinity Episcopal "Exploring Hymnbook 1982," Marilyn Keiser