Tuesdays in March
12:00-1:00pm | Chapel & St. David’s Hall
During the month of March, St. David’s will again be hosting the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists’ Tuesday Noon Organ Recital Series on the beautiful Dobson Chapel organ. The performances will feature the following:
Tuesday, March 3rd: Andrew Kotylo
Andrew Kotylo has been Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill since February 2019. Previously he had served as Organist/Choirmaster at the Basilica of St. Peter in Columbia, South Carolina and Associate Director of Music at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut.
A native of Binghamton, New York, Dr. Kotylo holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he studied organ with Christopher Young and Larry Smith and choral conducting with William Jon Gray. Other teachers have included Carolyn Albaugh, the late Searle Wright, Jonathan Biggers, and John Schwandt. His doctoral document concerns the life and organ works of Searle Wright, and he was assisted in his research by a grant through the American Guild of Organists National Library at Boston University given by the widow of E. Power Biggs.
Dr. Kotylo has concertized throughout the United States and in England, with performances at conventions of the American Guild of Organists and Association of Anglican Musicians that have earned critical acclaim. A top prize-winner in numerous competitions, including the American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artists Competition and Poister Competition, his performances have been featured several times on American Public Media’s Pipedreams. He is also active as a private teacher, competition adjudicator, and has been a faculty member for A.G.O. Pipe Organ Encounters. He is a frequent workshop presenter for the A.G.O. and he has as served as a chapter dean.
Tuesday, March 10th: Jeffrey Fowler
Jeff is a native of Allentown and has been playing the organ for worship since age fifteen. He has served as a church musician in Philadelphia and Detroit metropolitan areas since 1970 and has been the Organist/Choirmaster at Christ Church in Ithan since August of 2015.
He holds degrees from West Chester University and the University of Michigan. At Michigan he was awarded a Rackham pre-doctoral fellowship, the David McK Williams Scholarship, and was teaching assistant to his organ professor and University Organist, Marilyn Mason.
Dr. Fowler was Minister of Music at Wayne Presbyterian Church from 1992 until retiring from that position in 2015. During his tenure there, annual involvement in the music program grew from 150 participants to 450 in nine musical organizations including a church orchestra. In 1993 he re-organized the Wayne Oratorio Society, a choir of singers from the church and community dedicated to the performance of major sacred choral works which was first established in 1950 but which at the time had been disbanded. The society now boasts 275 singers per season. Over the period of 23 years, jeff directed and raised the funds to perform 9 major works accompanied by full orchestra in 132 evening concerts.
Dr. Fowler is an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, having served as Dean and currently as Chair of the Chapter Archives in conjunction with the Organ Historical Society, a one-of-a-kind international library and archive headquartered in the mansion at Stoneleigh in Villanova.
Tuesday, March 17th: Clair Rozier (playing with Elivi Varga)
A native of Washington, D. C., Clair Rozier is an accomplished organist, choral conductor and teacher. She holds degrees from Goucher College, Cincinnati Conservatory and Eastman School of Music, where she earned her doctorate. Her teachers included Barbara Thomson, David Mulbury and David Craighead. She later studied in France with Marie-Claire Alain earning the Prix d’Excellence from the National Conservatory of Rueil- Malmaison. Dr. Rozier’s organ recitals have taken her to England, France, and the throughout United States.
She has been an active member of the American Guild of Organists for almost forty years, having founded the Wilmington, NC Chapter in 1989, and served as Dean of the Philadelphia Chapter and Chair of Commissions for the 2002 Philadelphia AGO National Convention. She has given numerous recitals and workshops for various AGO chapters, was a clinician for two AGO National Conventions and has taught organ at many Pipe Organ Encounters, an AGO-sponsored organ program for teenagers.
Dr. Rozier has served as Director of Music and Organist at St. David’s Episcopal Church since 1999, and has developed a choir program for all ages. She oversaw the church’s purchase and installation of Dobson organ in 2007. She has taken the Adult Choir to Wells, Ely and St. Patrick’s, Dublin for the cathedral residencies.
Tuesday, March 17th: Elivia Varga (playing with Clair Rozier)
Elivi Varga performs as a flute soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member throughout the Philadelphia area. Recent appearances include performances at Longwood Gardens, Philadelphia Ethical Society, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and with the Reading Choral Society. She is a founding member of the Lyra Ensemble, a flute quartet that performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Dr. Varga has taught music classes at Alvernia University, Community College of Philadelphia, Illinois State University, and Southeastern Louisiana University, and currently teaches flute at the Settlement Music School and privately.
She is a board member of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, and frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator at festivals and competitions throughout the region. Her recording, Silver Tunes: Music for Flute and Organ, features world-premiere recordings of music by Lowell Liebermann and Augusta Read Thomas, and is available on iTunes and at Amazon. Dr. Varga’s articles on music have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer and elsewhere. She studied at Goucher College, the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, and earned a doctorate of musical arts at the University of Illinois in 2007, concentrating on music by Scandinavian women and music theory.
Tuesday, March 24th: Elaine Sonnenberg Whitelock
Dr. Elaine Sonnenberg Whitelock is currently Associate Director of Music at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Wayne, PA, a music instructor for Claritas Classical Academy, and teaches private piano and organ lessons. Previously she served as Church Music Intern at Trinity Episcopal Church, Bloomington, Indiana where she worked with Dr. Marilyn Keiser.
Throughout her time in Indiana she also worked with the Indiana University Children’s Choir Program, served as Organist for Beck Chapel, Indiana University, and was an Associate Instructor in Piano for Indiana University. Dr. Sonnenberg Whitelock received her doctorate in Organ Performance from Indiana University in 2014 where she was a student of Dr. Christopher Young. She graduated with a master’s degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University in 2007 and received a double bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance and Vocal Music Education from the University of Akron in 2005.
Tuesday, March 31st: Lyn Loewi
Originally from Cleveland, Lyn studied organ and conducting at the University of Michigan; the Schumann Institute in Dusseldorf, Germany; received her Doctor of Musical Arts at Stanford, and unanimous Grand and First Prizes in Organ at the National Conservatory in France, where she spent two years with the legendary Marie-Claire Alain. She served churches in Austin; St. Louis; and Portland, Oregon as music director, as well as teaching at Lewis and Clark College and the University of Minnesota.
Lyn comes to Philadelphia from Denver, where she was Assistant Organist and then Interim Organist and Music Director at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver. She has a long-standing interest in the music of women composers, both instrumental and choral, and was a featured speaker on this topic at last summer’s Association of Anglican Musicians meeting in Boston.
Lyn and husband, David, have three grown sons.
She will be performing works by Clara Schumann and Louis Vierne among others.