Members’ Recital: May 18, 2018


Here is a photo of all of the participants in the Members’ Organ Plus Recital that was held on Friday, May 18, 2018. In the front row from left to right are Nebiyu Samuel, organ; Jim and Becky Aldridge, percussion; Lisa Elliott, director of Grace Presbyterian Church Choir; Paul Hesselink, organ; Vyonne Mendenhall-Rohner, flute; Jane Dye, organ. The two people in the second row peeking over shoulders are left Spencer Baker, piano and right Dr. David Dorway, organ. Back row is Kevin Tague, trumpet; Amy Homer-Smith, organ; Shireen Beaudry, piano; Janis McKay, bassoon; Coreen Levin, oboe; and Bruce Behnke, organ.

The program included a wide variety of styles. Works by Johann Ludwig Krebs, Johann Sebastian Bach, Aaron David Miller, John Karl Hirten, Bernard Wayne Sanders, Uli Roever & Michawl Korb, Craig Courtney, Dino Kartsonakis, and Daniel Pinkham were featured.

Suite Nederlandish for bassoon and organ by Aaron David Miller was premiered on the recital, It was commissioned by Paul S. Hesselink for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Southern Nevada AGO Chapter, and was performed by Janis McKay, bassoon, and Paul Hesselink, organ. The three-movement suite consists of settings of Dutch hymn tunes Kremser, In Babilone, and Vreuchten. A goal of the commissioner was to create a composition of only moderate difficulty reflecting his Dutch heritage, to add to the relatively small repertoire of works for bassoon and organ. The new composition can be heard and the score followed at

Kevin Coney