3.21.20 2 PM – Bach in the Belfry: Florence Jowers, Organ

Florence Jowers Organ Bach Around the Clock 2019 Staunton VA

Christ Lutheran Church’s Director of Music Florence Jowers performs some powerful fugues and affecting choral preludes by Bach on the church’s magnificent Op. 24 Taylor & Boody organ.

Program:

Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV 540

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele BWV 654

Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 655

Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 660

Fugue in G Major (Gigue), BWV 577

Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam, BWV 684

Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657

Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541

Florence Jowers is Professor Emerita of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, where she served many years as University Organist and taught in the Sacred Music Program.  As part of her position at Lenoir-Rhyne, she founded and directed the Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus, a professional youth choir which toured extensively in the southeast and participated in festivals in several states as well as England, France, Germany, and Austria.   Currently, Ms. Jowers is the organist at Christ Lutheran Church, Staunton, VA. She is an active recitalist, having performed throughout the United States and Germany, and also in Austria, Latvia, and the Czech Republic. Ms. Jowers has served as president of Region 2 of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Dean of the Hickory Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and has served on the executive board and as an officer in several chapters of the American Guild of Organists.  Ms. Jowers was selected as a Fellow of the Bach Aria Institute in Stonybrook, NY, and received a Rotary Scholarship for organ study with the late Anton Heiller in Vienna, Austria.  She has served as clinician and recitalist for many professional conferences, including ALCM, AGO, and PAM.  Ms. Jowers has performed twice at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and has been heard on NPR’s Pipedreams. In retirement, she and her husband Paul Weber are enjoying traveling the world, and spending time with their three adult children and four grandchildren.

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