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Blair Concert Chorale - "Pipe Dreams"
Sat, April 1, 2017, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
Nothing is more soul-stirring than a majestic pipe organ brought to life by a talented player and the BCC is thrilled to welcome former area musician NICHOLAS J. WILL as our special guest. Presented in Mount Carmel’s beautifully-restored sanctuary, this concert of works for choir and organ will be a treat for the ears and eyes!
The program for the concert will consist of solos by Will as well as special arrangements for choir and organ of Amazing Grace, Hosanna to the Son of David, I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me, Jubilate Deo, Let All the World in Every Corner Sing, Magnificat, Pie Jesu and They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships.
NICHOLAS J. WILL, a native of Morrisons Cove, is an Assistant Professor of Music at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where in addition to teaching organ lessons and directing the university’s Schola Cantorum Franciscana, he teaches courses in music theory, music history, Gregorian chant, and conducting. In complement to his university duties, he serves as Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie, PA; Assistant Organist at Heinz Memorial Chapel and Organist/Instructor at St. Paul Seminary. A graduate of Duquesne University and Peabody Conservatory of Music,
Nicholas is a past winner of the André Marchal Award for Excellence in Organ Performance (Duquesne), the Dorothy DeCourt Prize in Organ (Peabody), the Young Organists’ Audition sponsored by the Pittsburgh Concert Society, and the Duquesne University Concerto Competition. Nicholas has appeared as soloist with the Duquesne Symphony, Altoona Symphony and Pittsburgh Civic orchestras. Other significant performance venues include the 2012 NPM national convention, Notre Dame Cathedral, The American Cathedral (Paris), the Westerkerk (Amsterdam), the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, St. Patrick’s Cathedral (New York), and National City Christian Church (Washington DC). An Associate of the American Guild of Organists, Nicholas is the District Convener for Central and Western Pennsylvania. He also serves on NPM’s national Steering Committee for Organists.
His debut recording, Laudato Si: In the Spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, a collaborative effort with singers Andrey Nemzer and Charlene Canty and composer Eli Tamar, was released to critical acclaim in April, 2016.