Matthew Phelps, Director of Concert Choir, is one of three finalists in the Rodgers National Classical Organ Performance Competition. Mr. Phelps will be performing in part of a finalist’s recital on Friday, October 4 in Hillsboro, Oregon. In preparation for this event, he will be playing a recital with Blake Callahan at the Cathedral of St. Peter In Chains in Downtown on Sunday, September 29 at 3:00 pm. Both recitals will feature Bach’s Toccata BWV 540, Fantasy on an Easter Alleluia Chant by Paul Benoit, George Thalban-Ball's Elegy, and Concert Variations on the Hymn Tune Austria by John Knowles Paine.
Also, Mr. Phelps’ premiere recording of Dan Locklair’s Trumpet of Light will be broadcast internationally on the NPR program “PipeDreams.” The piece was composed for Phelps in 2012 and commissioned to commemorate the installation of a new organ console at the Reformed Church of Bronxville. The recording was made live as part of the dedication recital, which was performed by Mr. Phelps. Dan Locklair is an internationally renowned composer who teaches at Wake Forest and a regular master teacher at Yale and Harvard. His website is www.matthewphelps.net.