The Asbury University Pipe Organ Performance Series makes organ performances more accessible to the university and community, and provides local organists with additional performance venues. The 30-minute, free recitals are held during the noon hour so that students, as well as community members, can take a short break and enjoy these events.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there are no P.O.P.S. concerts scheduled. We are excited for this series to return for the 2021-2022 school year!
12:05 – 12:35 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Grant Holcomb is a Lexington, Ky. native and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organ Performance at the University of Kentucky, studying with Dr. Schuyler Robinson. Grant serves as an officer on local and national boards of the American Guild of Organists, and his career goals are focused on full time church music. Grant was recently the first-ever recipient of the “Charles H. Mitchell” award, given by the University of Kentucky School of Music to support students pursuing degrees in organ.
12:05 – 12:35 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Schuyler Robinson, DMA, served as Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Kentucky from 1982-2016. He also served as Chair of Sacred Music. As church musician he has served churches in Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, and Kentucky as Organist and Organist/Choirmaster. For twenty years he was Assistant Organist of Christ Church (Episcopal) Cathedral, Lexington, where he also served four terms as Interim Organist/Choirmaster between five directors. This tenure also incorporated weeklong performance residencies in the great cathedrals of England, including Westminster Abbey (two, and a solo recital) and St. Paul’s, London; also Canterbury, Ely, Bristol, Lincoln, Peterborough, Norwich, St.Albans, and Gloucester. U.S. highlights have included Chicago, NYC, Washington, D.C. Atlanta, and San Francisco, as well as two CD recordings with the Cathedral Choirs. Recently he served five months in 2015 as Interim Organist/Choirmaster for Good Shepherd Episcopal, Lexington. He now serves regularly at other regional churches in a consultant and substitute capacity., as well as UK Professor Emeritus as adjunct organ teacher.
As organ recitalist he has concertized extensively in the eastern U.S., in five countries in Europe, in Costa Rica and Taiwan. His organ CD recording, A Kentucky Organ Tour: Nine Historic and Modern Pipe Organs of the Bluegrass is available from RAVENcd.com or Amazon.com. He continues to provide Harpsichord continuo for regional early music presentations and UK recitals as needed.
In 1985 a competitive Solo Artist Fellowship Grant Award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) “ to recognize American’s outstanding performing musicians” launched a performing career for the DiMartino-Robinson Trumpet-Organ Duo. This collaboration has taken performances to some 22 states, Australia and Tasmania and produced a CD recording.
Vince DiMartino is one of the most sought after trumpet performers and educators. Since graduating from The Eastman School of Music in 1972, Professor DiMartino had taught at the University of Kentucky until 1993. At that time, Mr. DiMartino began a new appointment as Distinguished Artist in residence at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. There he teaches trumpet, brass and jazz ensembles, and jazz history. He has served as the Music Chair and is currently coordinator of the Centre College Instrumental Program. He is distinguished Matton Professor of Music at Centre College.
Vince DiMartino is equally known as a jazz artist. He has been the lead and solo trumpet in the Lionel Hampton Band, the Chuck Mangione Band, the Clark Terry Band and The Eastman Arranger’s Holiday Orchestra. He has also performed with some of this country’s finest college jazz ensembles. Vince has been a member of the artist- faculty of the highly acclaimed Skidmore Jazz Institute since its inception in 1988 working with fellow artist-teachers Milt Hinton, Todd Coolman, Ed Shaughnessy, Frank Mantooth, Curtis Fuller, Dick Oatts and Pat LaBarbera.
Throughout his teaching career, Professor DiMartino has been a member of the artist faculty of many international seminars and courses. These include The Empire Brass Quintet-Tanglewood summer program, The Spanish Brass Festival in Alzira-Spain, The Kalavrita Brass Course in Greece, as well as seminars in England, Ukraine, Thailand, Germany and Canada.
He is 2004 CASE Professor of The Year for the state of Kentucky. This award is given nationally each year to one person in each state in The United States. Vince DiMartino is the recipient of The Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008-2009 for the State of Kentucky.
12:05 – 12:35 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Zachary Klobnak is the Director of Music and Organist at The Presbyterian Church in Danville, Ky. A native of Knoxville, Iowa, Zach earned an undergraduate degree in music from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Zach completed a doctorate in organ performance and literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he held the Marcella K. Brownson Fellowship for organ studies. His principal organ teachers include Dana Robinson, Laura Ellis, and Gregory Peterson; he has also studied harpsichord with Kathryn Reed and choral conducting with Donald Nally, Fred Stoltzfus, and Timothy Peter. Zach also serves as College Organist and Instructor of Organ, Harpsichord, and Piano at Centre College.