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UCM’s Department of Music Hosts First Recital of the Quimby Pipe Organ Series

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 13, 2009) –UCM’s Department of Music presents the inaugural performance of the Quimby Pipe Organ Series with an organ recital by Jan Kraybill planned for 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, in Hart Recital Hall.

Kraybill is the principal organist and director of music at the Community of Christ International Headquarters in Independence, Mo. She will present a program of organ music on the Homan-McCandless pipe organ in Hart Recital Hall.

Jan Kraybill
Jan Kraybill

Inaugural Performance of the Quimby Pipe Organ Series

The Quimby Pipe Organ Series, sponsored by Michael Quimby, recipient of UCM’s 2008 Distinguished Alumnus award and owner of Quimby Pipe Organs, Warrensburg, will bring a featured artist to Warrensburg each semester to perform on the pipe organ in Hart Recital Hall.

Performs in the United States and Abroad

Kraybill received Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from Kansas State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She performs regularly on the famous Aeolian-Skinner Auditorium Organ and the temple’s magnificent Casavant organ and oversees a staff of more than 30 volunteer organists who, for 50 consecutive summers, have presented daily recitals on these two instruments. She plans and provides music for worship services, coordinates a concert series, designs and conducts international hymn festivals, teaches workshops, and serves as a resource person for church musicians and worship planners.

Kraybill performs as both a pianist and organist throughout the United States and abroad. While a junior in high school in Colby, Kan., she presented her first European piano recital in Andover, England. Since then she has performed in many venues in the United States, as well as Canada, Russia, Poland, and Tahiti, and has undertaken multiple tours of the United Kingdom, including performances at Chester Cathedral and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. She has appeared on regional and national musicians’ conventions, including the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the American Choral Directors’ Association, the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and has been featured on Kansas Public Radio.

National Leadership of the American Guild of Organists

Outside the Community of Christ, Kraybill provides musical leadership and guest ministry in various styles of worship in a wide variety of denominations, and is very active as a masterclass and workshop clinician, hymn festival director, and organ consultant. She also teaches workshops on personal creativity.  She has served in volunteer leadership in many elected offices in the American Guild of Organists, and is currently Regional Councillor for AGO Region VI, representing ten states on the National Council. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Master Teacher Institute and is a member of Mensa.

The Homan-McCandless Pipe Organ

The Homan-McCandless Pipe Organ in Hart Recital Hall is a 13-rank, 11-stop pipe organ built and installed in 1960 by Charles McManis of Kansas City. The organ was dedicated in honor of Frederic W. Homan and William E. McCandless, professors emeritus of music, in 2006. The organ is the instrument on which Homan played and provided instruction from his first days on the faculty until his retirement in 2000. McCandless learned and performed on the organ as a student of Homan and throughout his career at UCM prior to his retirement in 2003.