Paul S. Hesselink and Martha J. Sparks:
October 2003*

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Dr. Paul S. Hesselink received his Bachelor of Arts degreee in organ from Hope College, a Master of Arts degree in Org Pedagogy from Ohio State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His organ teachers have included Roger Rietberg, Wilbur Held, Arthur Poister, Everett Hilty and Don Vollstedt. He studied harpsichord with Davitt Moroney in Paris.

After a teaching career of twenty-six years at Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia, he retired as Professor Emeritus. He received Longwood College’s Maria Bristwo Starke Faculty Excellence Award in 1985. During the time he was a resident in Farmville, he served as Minister of Music for a total of twelve years at Farmville Presbyterian Church.

Paul was awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars for intensive study at Yale University and at the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, then at the University of Southern California. He has been active as a harpsichord, organ and duo-piano recitalist and has also lectured extensively.

In April 1996, Dr. Hesselink was the harpsichordist for the world premiere performance of Nevett Bartow' s “Concerto for Harpsichord and Chamber Orchestra” with the Nevada Chamber Symphony in Las Vegas. The following June he recorded the work with members of the Slovak Radio Orchestra in Bratislava, Slovakia; the concerto has been released on CD ( the M CC label), “The Works ofNevett Bartow.”

For the past ten years he has lived in Las Vegas where he is associated with the Nevada School of the Arts, a community arts school with an enrollment of about 500 students and a faculty of forty artist teachers; he currently heads the School as its Dean. He is an adjunct member of the Music Faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he teaches organ and an organ repertoire class. Dr. Hesselink is a member of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He is kept busy in a number of Las Vegas churches as a substitute organist.

Martha Sparks holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of the Pacific and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. She has taught and performed extensively in the New York City area and has done post-graduate work with Mme Robert Casadesus in Paris, France.

Since arriving in the Las Vegas Valley in 1990, Ms. Parks served on the Adjunct Piano Faculty at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for several years. Also, since 1990, she has enjoyed being a member of the faculty teaching piano at Nevada School of the Arts where she has been a full ­time teacher since 1991.


Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 539: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Paul Hesselink

Fugue in E Minor, Op. Post. 152 (June 3, 1828): Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Four Pieces for Musical Clock (1792): Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Allegro moderato
Menuett - Allegretto

Adagio inF Major for a Mechanical Clockwork, WoO3: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Paul Hesselink & Martha Sparks

Two settings of "My Heart is Filled with Longing," Op. 122: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Paul Hesselink

Sonata in D Major, K. 381 (1772): Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Allegro Molto

Paul Hesselink & Martha Sparks