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Aspiring organists prepare for Student Organ Recital

Students are currently preparing for an organ recital that will take place on Feb. 25 in the Barrus Concert Hall located in the Eliza R. Snow Center.

Daniel Kerr, a faculty member of the Music Department, oversees the recital and assists students in practicing and fine-tuning their pieces.

“I am looking forward to hearing the progress the students have made and how they are making the pieces sound musical,” Kerr said. “I hear the students every week and offer suggestions for improvement such as combinations of sounds (on the organ).”

Students have other opportunities for improvement through master classes where students practice in front of other students and receive feedback.

Christian Allphin, a junior studying music, will perform at the recital.

In an e-mail interview, Allphin said that he is looking forward to sharing with others what he has been working on after putting in several hours of hard work. He hopes that others will enjoy the hard work that he has put in.

“(The organ) is one of the few instruments able to completely change its sound, making it able to play everything from the soft and lyrical to the big and triumphant,” Allphin said.

Allphin said that Kerr has made a huge impact on his desire to learn the organ. Kerr helped his development from starting as a beginner to get to his current level.

According to the BYU-Idaho master calendar, “The Student Organ Recital features a wide variety of music covering several centuries of music history written for the organ. Come and enjoy the artistry of talented student organists as they perform on the magnificent Ruffatti pipe organ. Free.”

Those interested in attending the recital can find more information on the master calendar or on the music department homepage.

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