St. Paul's, Trexlertown, launches concert series
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St. Paul's Concert Series, which will take place at the church, located at 1249 Trexlertown Road, Trexlertown, will begin with a Trumpet and Organ Recital in the church at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.
John Thyhsen, a retired trumpet professor and freelance musician, will join Randall D. Perry, organist and Master of the Choristers at St. Paul's.
Thyhsen served on the faculty of Rowan University from 1969-2000. He taught trumpet and was director of jazz studies, and is also Professor Emeritus from 2000 until present.
Prior to Rowan, he taught at Phoenix Public Schools and Arizona State University, was trumpet instructor at the Eastman School of Music, and associate professor and director of jazz studies at Northeast Louisiana University. He now teaches private trumpet students.
His professional performances include the Philadelphia Opera Company Orchestra, the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Orchestra (sub), the Festive Brass Quintet, the Delaware Valley Brass Sextet and the Bach and Handel Festival Orchestra in Jim Thorpe.
Thyhsen has also professionally recorded "A Hoagy Carmichael Memoir" (trumpet and strings) and solo albums "Hot Spots I and II, A Christmas with Friends."
He has also been professionally recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Ricardo Muti; the Westminster Choir College; the Eastman Wind Ensemble, conducted by Frederick Fennel; the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia; the Philadelphia Singers; and the Philadelphia Pops, conducted by Peter Nero.
He holds bachelor and master's degrees in music, from Eastman School of Music and also advanced courses toward doctorate of music in performance.
He is also a member of the American Federation of Musicians and the International Trumpet Guild.
Perry is the founder, conductor and music director of the Bach and Handel Chorale and Festival Orchestra of Jim Thorpe.
He began his career in sacred music at the age of 11.
Since that time, he has served as organist and director of music for eight parishes, 19 years having been spent at the Episcopal Parish of St. Mark and St. John in Jim Thorpe.
While there, he instituted the "Music from Historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church Concert series," for which he also served as artistic director.
A 1983 graduate with a bachelor of music degree from Wilkes College, he currently serves as organist and Master of the Choristers for St. Paul's United Church of Christ, in Trexlertown, and also owns and operates the Perry Music Studio in Jim Thorpe, where he currently instructs 26 private piano students.
Perry is the recipient of awards, both from the community of Jim Thorpe and the Mauch Chunk Historical Society for his outstanding contribution to the development of the arts in Carbon County.
He is frequently called upon to perform dedicatory recitals at various churches and guest conduct performances, the most recent being the Carbon County High School Chorus.
A published composer, Perry is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Performers), and one of his works was chosen for performance at the 42nd Annual Choir Festival in Ocean Grove, N.J., where a choir of 1,400 voices performed his work, with Perry conducting.
Helfrich Recording Labs have recorded Perry playing the Austin Organ at St. Mark's Church, and he served as accompanist and conductor for Bach and Handel Chorale's first recording, made by WVIA Studios called "Christmas in Jim Thorpe."
Repertoire for the recital will include pieces by Bach, Handel, Martini, Albinoni, D'Aquin, Hovhanness, Campra and Perry.
A free will donation will be accepted to support the musicians.