April 13, 2010


ALLIANCE, Ohio - Mount Union College will be honoring this Lenten season through a series of mini organ recitals to be held Wednesday, March 21, Wednesday, March 28 and Wednesday, April 4 at noon in Dewald Chapel.

Beginning the celebration on March 21 will be guest organist W. Robert Morrison.

Morrison was minister of music at Church of the Savior, United Methodist in Canton for 42 years. He holds Fellow and ChoirMaster degrees from the American Guild of Organists and upon his retirement in 1994, was named Emeritus. Currently, he is a professor at Malone College and directs music at St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Temple Israel.

Following Morrison, on March 28, will be guest organist Dr. Jeannie Morris Kienzle.

A native of Dayton, Kienzle is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She received her master of music degree in organ performance from Kent State University and went on to earn her doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music in 1984.

Kienzle is currently the associate organist-choirmaster at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Akron where she oversees the men's, boy's and girl's choirs.

She has performed in recitals throughout the United States including a performance at the national convention for the Association of Anglican Musicians in Princeton in 1984, and also has played a series of recitals in Germany. While living in Tennessee, Kienzle conducted numerous workshops and festivals for children's choirs.

Then on April 4, guest organist Phillip Gehm will be performing.

Gehm received both his bachelor of music degree in organ performance and his bachelor of music education degree in vocal music from Mount Union. He later earned his master of divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton and following his ordination, served for two years as associate pastor of the First E.U.B. Church in Akron. He has also done additional graduate study at London and York Universities in England, Union Theological Seminary and Kent State University.

Gehm spent three years working as a Pastoral and Educational Missionary in Nigeria and after returning to the United States, taught for 25 years in the Marlington School District, giving private lessons on piano and organ.

In 1966, Gehm became organist at Union Avenue United Methodist Church in Alliance and in 1989 was appointed director of music at the church. He serves on the board of the Alliance Community Concert Association and is a member of the American Guild of Organists and Mu Phi Epsilon, the international music fraternity.

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