Lake Erie College names Bell as college organist
With the restoration of the campus pipe organ complete, Lake Erie College has named Mark Bell, Ph.D., the official college organist.
Bell arrived on campus three years ago, amid the restoration of the newly renamed Carol Lewis Morris ’67 Skinner Organ. He has studied the organ through university courses and private instruction for 15 years and eventually evolved into the position of college organist.
“It has been my lifelong dream to have access to such a fine organ and to play classical music regularly in an academic setting,” said Bell. “I am thrilled to be able to live this dream.”
The Skinner Organ has been put to extensive use for college events such as Convocation, Vespers, the Spring Concert, Alumni Weekend and Open Campus Days for admissions. The organ is also played during weddings, memorials, the Phillip-Osborne School graduation and other civic events.
Paul Gothard, professor of music at Lake Erie, commented on Bell’s role as college organist. “The requirements of an institution to have organ played at the various and sometimes numerous functions demands a responsible, trained and available individual to provide that service. There is no one who better fits those three minimum expectations – plus much more – on this campus other than Dr. Bell.”
Bell has played numerous organ recitals throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. Previous to coming to Lake Erie, he was a church organist at Cottonwood Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, for seven years.
“First time visitors to the College are impressed with Morley Hall and invariably want to hear the organ, and I am able to give them this opportunity,” Bell said.