Phillip S. Gehm to Present Lenten Midweek Organ Recital
May 10, 2010
Phillip S. Gehm, organist and director of music at Union Avenue United Methodist Church in Alliance, will present a Lenten Midweek Organ Recital at Mount Union College's Dewald Chapel at noon on Wednesday, March 27.
Gehm began studying piano at the age of six and organ at the age of 15. He received a bachelor's of music degree in organ performance and a bachelor's of music education degree in vocal music from Mount Union College, where he studied organ with F. Broadus Staley, piano with Frederic Williams and choral conducting with Cecil Stewart. He received his master's of divinity degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton. Following his ordination, he served for two years as associate pastor of the First E.U.B. Church in Akron. He then spent three years working as a pastoral and educational missionary in Nigeria. After returning to the United States, he taught for 25 years in the Marlington School district, and he also taught piano and organ privately.
In 1966, Gehm became the organist at Union Avenue United Methodist Church, succeeding Fern Miller who had held that position for more than 43 years. He is only the third organist the church has had since its construction in 1893. In 1989, he was appointed director of music at the church.
Gehm serves on the Boards of the Alliance Community Concert Association and the Alliance Kiwanis Club. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity.