Huntingdon News

February 16, 2010
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Huntingdon College
News Release

Michigan Organist to Perform at Huntingdon

Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College alumna and Michigan organist Elaine Harper Grover will perform as part of the Harald Rohlig Organ Recital Series, Thursday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, at Huntingdon College. The concert, the third in the series named in honor of Huntingdon Professor Emeritus of Music Harald Rohlig, will feature works by Brahms, Buxtehude, Bach, Pepping, Ernst, and Rohlig, and is free and open to the public.

Grover began her organ studies under Dr. Rohlig at Huntingdon, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1965, after which she studied organ at the Church Music School in Herford, Germany. Upon returning to the United States, Grover completed her master’s degree at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio. In addition to Rohlig, she has studied organ with Arno Schoenstedt, Fredrick Jackisch, and David Palmer.

In 1972, Grover became the organist and choir director for St. John’s Episcopal Church, Plymouth, Michigan, a position she held for 21 years. She then moved to Marygrove College in Detroit, where she taught organ, piano, and sacred music. She received a three-year Teacher Scholar Award in 1997 that resulted in the publication of the book, “Practice Skills for Organists and Other Keyboardists,” published in 2002 by Wayne Leupold Editions. Grover was awarded professor emerita status upon retirement from teaching in 2003. She continues to perform and study.

Grover says she is thrilled to return to Huntingdon and to the Montgomery area to perform because she attributes her success and love for music to the early training and inspiration of Harald Rohlig, including discipline, dedication to practice, and a firm foundation in the Christian faith and its application to music.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. Huntingdon offers a Bachelor of Arts in music with concentrations in performance for vocalists, keyboardists, or instrumentalists. Students may also become certified to teach instrumental or vocal music at the P–12 levels.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (334) 833-4515.

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