The Estey Organ Museum presents Cheryl Duerr and Edwin Lawrence in a program for Organ and Flute on Saturday, February 16 at 7 pm at First Baptist Church, 190 Main Street, in downtown Brattleboro.
Cheryl Duerr, MM, AAGO, Region I Councillor, American Guild of Organists and Edwin Lawrence, Dean, Berkshire Chapter, American Guild of Organists will be performing works by by Saint-Saens, Langlais, Franck, Rachmaninoff, and Howells. There is a $15 suggested donation at the door to support the work of the museum.
Cheryl Duerr currently serves as Region I Councillor for the American Guild of Organists. Previously, she has served the Guild as Regional Education Coordinator and has been a member of the National Nominating Committee. She has served on Steering Committees for the Morristown, 2011; Hartford, 2013; Boston, 2014; and New Haven, 2015, Conventions. She served the Bridgeport 2010 and Boston 2011 POE (Pipe Organ Encounter), POE A, POE T in a number of capacities – faculty, presenter, dorm mom, volunteer coordinator, and CONO rep; Boston Chapter Executive Board, Program Committee, Nominating Committee and Young Organists’ Initiative.
Of the AGO, she says, “I’m deeply grateful for the gift of serving the region and working with so many committed and talented people.” In addition, Ms. Duerr is Director of Music Ministries for the Attleboro Evangelical Covenant, directing four musical groups who lead two diverse Sunday morning services. She is a member of the International Coach Federation and is Coach and Speaker and owner of The Concord Coaching Company. She earned her Masters in Music degree from Boston University and her Associate (AAGO) from the American Guild of Organists. She credits her sons with giving her the best education of her life.
Edwin Lawrence is Artist Associate in Harpsichord, Piano, and Organ, and Instructor in Music at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., where he teaches keyboard musicianship labs for music theory courses, piano, organ and harpsichord. He holds a B. Mus. Degree from the SUNY College at Fredonia and has studied piano with Gabriel Chodos, harpsichord with Preethi da Silva, and organ with William Porter. He is currently Dean of the Berkshire Chapter, American Guild of Organists; Minister of Music for the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Williamstown; and Music Director for the Bennington County Choral Society.
As a producer for Dorian Recordings, he was directly involved with more than 20 recording projects. Mr. Lawrence has long associations with Vermont, having been on the faculty at Bennington College and serving as music director for the Oldcastle Theatre Company in Bennington. He is a founding member of the Consortium of Vermont Composers and has served as a guest conductor of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.
It is noteworthy that “In the days of the LP record, Mr. Lawrence was the featured artist on ‘Organ Music From Robert Todd Lincoln’s Hildene,’ performing American music from the turn of the 20th century on the Aeolian instrument in the Lincoln home in Manchester, VT.” (Larry Nevin, well known in Brattleboro, was involved in that Hildene project.) In 1990, Mr. Lawrence received a Citation of Merit from the Vermont Council of the Arts for his contributions to the vitality of the arts in the Green Mountain State.
For more information about the museum, visit the Estey Organ Museum online at www.esteyorganmuseum.org
For more information about First Baptist Church please visit http://www.firstbaptistchurchofbrattleborovt.com/