To help commemorate the 100th year of the Westminster Presbyterian Church building, an organ concert is planned for 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at the church, 110 N.E. Second St. The free concert is open to the public.
Matthew Middleton, AAGO, a doctoral student in organ at Indiana University, Bloomington, will perform on the church’s Bunn Minnick pipe organ.
Middleton studies with Janette Fishell and is the accompanist for the University Singers. He is also assistant organist at Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis. He will be accompanying the choir on a pilgrimage to England, singing in residency at Norwich Cathedral and York Minister. Last year, he accompanied Christ Church from Glendale, Ohio, during their residency at Worcester Cathedral.
A prize-winning pianist, Middleton, who grew up in a military family, began piano studies at age 9 in Lompoc, Calif. At 14, he made his orchestral debut with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra in Montana.
He began playing the organ in 1998 in Wichita Falls, Texas, and five years later was awarded the simultaneous posts of organ scholar at Bristol Cathedral and the Church of St. Mary in Redcliffe, England. Afterward he volunteered as a music teacher in Cairo, Egypt, for one year as a Presbyterian Church (USA) young adult volunteer.
From 2006 to 2008, Middleton worked as the music coordinator for the Christmas Lutheran Church and International Center of Bethlehem in the Palestinian Territories. The Palestinian Authority accredited his curriculum for a two-year diploma in music performance at Dar al-Kalima College, the first Christian fine arts college in the Middle East.
He holds a master’s degree in organ from Indiana University and in music education from Boston University, a bachelor’s degree in organ from the University of Texas at Austin and recently earned the associate diploma of the American Guild of Organists.