Organist Tom Trenney to Perform at Lake Erie College
(Painesville, Ohio) – Organist Tom Trenney will perform a free concert on Friday, November 3, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. in Morley Music Hall on the campus of Lake Erie College. The event is open to the public and is only the second public performance made on the newly-restored Carol Lewis Morris ’67 Skinner Organ .
Trenney’s program will include pieces by Bach, Camille Saint-Saëns, Julius Reubke, Leo Sowerby and Dudley Buck. The performance will conclude with improvisational pieces.
A native of Perry, Ohio, Trenney is director of Music Ministries and organist at First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Mich., where he directs five choirs and Many Voices…One Song, an extensive music outreach program. He serves as artistic director for the Ovations! Concert Series, the Birmingham-First Chamber Choir, an annual church music workshop, and a seasonal series of Summer Sings.
Trenney completed two graduate degrees in 2002 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He holds a bachelor of music degree in organ performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied organ and church music with Todd Wilson, who played the inaugural concert on the restored organ.
Trenney has been awarded First Prize at several regional and national competitions, including the Redlands Organ Festival Competition, the San Marino Organ Competition, the John Rodland Memorial Church Music Scholarship Competition and the AGO Region V Competition for Young Organists. In July of 2006, Trenney became the first organist to win both the First Prize and Audience Prize in the American Guild of Organists’ National Competition in Organ Improvisation. An active member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), he has served on the national Committee on the New Organist and on the executive board of the Detroit Chapter.
Trenney has presented numerous programs around the country including solo recitals, duo recitals, hymn festivals, service playing workshops and master classes. He is in most frequent demand for his improvised accompaniments to silent films – including performances on the new Dobson organ at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. His debut recording, Organa Americana, featuring works by American composers, was released on the Pro Organo label in June 2004.
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 26 undergraduate majors, including new programs in sports management, forensic psychology and therapeutic horsemanship, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.