Organist Marilyn Biery plays Variations on Simple Gifts in recital at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, part of the GIA Fall Institute. Hear music by composers with Chicago connections at Fourth Presbyterian Church, featuring Comes Autumn Time by Leo Sowerby, organist-choirmaster at St. James Episcopal Cathedral from 1927-1962, as well as associate organist at Fourth Presbyterian in 1919, Pavane by Richard Proulx, who had a long association with Holy Name Cathedral, Fanfare, Variations and Toccata on “Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding” by James Biery, In Quiet Mood by Florence B. Price, the first African-American woman to have a work performed by a major orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in 1933 and Thomas’s Variations on Simple Gifts.
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 2:15 PM
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611
Marilyn Biery, AAGO, ASCAPlus award winner, was born in Elmhurst, Illinois, in 1959. Her childhood years were spent in Sandwich, Illinois, where her father, a Presbyterian minister, was pastor of The Federated Church. Her organ training began there, with Norma Washburn Kentner, a student of Robert Reeves at Northern Illinois University. She is a Pi Kappa Lambda graduate of Northwestern University with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance, where she studied with Richard Enright and Grigg Fountain. In 1982 she was a finalist in the National Open Competition in Organ Playing, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. Marilyn has served as Director of Music Ministries at The First Church of Christ in Hartford, Connecticut, Associate Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Minister of Music at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan, and is currently Music Director/Organist at Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit. She holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance from the University of Minnesota, and has been on the music faculty at Wayne State University. Marilyn is a former Director of the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, sponsored by the AGO.
Marilyn has collaborated with a number of American composers, including Libby Larsen, David Evan Thomas, Stephen Paulus, Pamela Decker and James Hopkins. A series of her articles on American Organ Music was printed in The American Organist from July 2000 to June 2003; other articles have been published in The Diapason, on composer Harold Stover, organ professor Grigg Fountain, and the late Roy Johnson, former organ professor at the University of Arizona.