September 27, 2016
The Grand Holtkamp pipe organ had been without a complete overhaul since its installation and dedication in February 1977.
Texas Tech University's Grand Holtkamp Organ in the School of Music will see its first concert of the academic year this Friday (Sept. 30). Thomas Hughes, associate professor of organ and music technology, will perform a faculty recital at 8 p.m. in the Hemmle Recital Hall. The recital is free and open to the public.
The performance will begin with the splendor of brass and organ working in close concert as the Graduate Brass Quintet joins forces with Hughes to deliver Richard Strauss's "Solemn Entry of the Knights of St. John." The quintet features top student performers from each brass studio.
Two works on the program will receive their Texas premieres, thanks to collaboration by music faculty colleagues. Peter Jona Korn's fantasia for oboe and organ will feature Amy Anderson, associate professor of oboe. The recital will close with Jan Koetsier's chorale fantasie, "Es ist ein Schnitter, der heisst Tod (There is a reaper, who is called Death)," featuring Kevin Wass, professor of tuba.
The Grand Holtkamp organ has been a fixture of the Hemmle Recital Hall and an indispensable part of the musical resources available to the greater Lubbock area since the hall was built in February 1977. American organ builder Walter Holtkamp originally constructed the organ for a recital hall at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Acquisition by Texas Tech was made possible by a generous gift from Odessa resident Tommye A. Moss. The organ saw a complete overhaul by Fritz Noack between fall 2011 and fall 2012, and was rededicated in a concert that featured internationally renowned organist James David Christie.
The School of Music is part of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.
With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.
Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.