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Pipe organ series to continue with Derek Nickels

August 18, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY — The Roosevelt organ series has been welcomed by many this summer. The organist for Wednesday is Derek Nickels.

Nickels is director of Music at the Church of the Holy Comforter (Episcopal), in Kenilworth, Illinois, and has performed recitals across the United States. He holds doctor of musical arts and master of music degrees in organ performance from Arizona State University and a bachelor of music degree from Southern Methodist University where his teachers included Robert Anderson, Guy Bovet, Robert Clark, John Metz and Larry Palmer.

He has been a featured recitalist at several National Conventions of the Organ Historical Society and has appeared with Ars Musica Chicago, Early Music Chicago, Ensemble Versailles, and the Phoenix Bach and Madrigal Society. He has performed recitals at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, and the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York City, the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego, the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, Washington National Cathedral and National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., and Fourth Presbyterian Church, Holy Name Cathedral, and Madonna della Strada Chapel at Loyola University in Chicago. Dr. Nickels taught at Arizona State University, and has served as Organist-Choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix, Interim University Organist at University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and Associate Organist at St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago. He serves as President of the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Organ Historical Society.

Organ recitals are held at Christ Church, 531 Washington St., Michigan City. The series is in its 17th season. Seating is at noon, with music starting at 12:15 p.m. and running til about 1 p.m.

Sponsors are the First Congregational Church, hosted by Ann & George Dobie, trustees. Contact Ann at (219) 608-5358 for further details.

The final concert of the summer will be presented on Aug. 29 by Carol Garrett, organist of the Presbyterian Church of Michigan City.

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