Thursday, October 12, 2006

Organist Gordon Stewart

I hope you didn't stop reading when you saw the word "organist."

Friday’s Go! will include a brief review of Gordon Stewart’s introductory recital at Grace & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. (The short version is that Stewart is a remarkable artist.) A little more about Stewart:

The search for a new music director began after Frank Shelton resigned the post in the spring. (Shelton has since taken a job at Colorado College.) There were were 75 applications to the internationally advertised post, but Stewart was the search committee’s unanimous choice. The Scottish-born Stewart moved here in September from Huddersfield in Yorkshire, England.

In addition to his virtuosity at the church’s organ, Stewart has the task of rebuilding the Taylor Memorial choir. Judeth Shay Burns is a soprano in the choir, and though she’s congenitally enthusiastic, she’s also an excellent musician — so when her enthusiasm-meter goes off the scale the way it did when she talked about Stewart, it means he’s a really good choir director.

“His passion for the music is unbelievable,” she told me. “And he hears everything. You’d better show up at rehearsal ready to work.”

That jibes with the outgoing personality he displayed on Sunday. All indications are that Stewart is a fantastic addition to the music community. I'll profile him in a month or two, when things die down following the crush of season-openers.

Learn more about Stewart at his website:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know how long Gordon will last at Grace. A little bird told me he's found himself in a religious ENRON.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Mark Arnest said...

Grace has confirmed that he has already resigned. They did not have a contact number, but I'll try and track him down.

10:55 AM  

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