Organ + Choir Festival: June 7, 2019


Dorothy Young Riess, M.D. was the 1952 winner ot the American Guild of Organists Organ Playing Competition. She subsequently studied with Marcel Dupre in France. Following a career as an Internist in California for 30 years, she retired to Las Vegas and resumed playing the organ. She now maintains an active performance career of recitals across the country. Her 90th birthday celebration recital will be spring of 2021 at UNLV.

Barbara Finn has been the Director of Music at St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, Roman Catholic Church since 2000 where she oversees the music program at this large parish; she serves as the principal organist. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance at UNLV.

Joseph Cruz received Bachelor and Master's degrees in his native Philippines in Voice and Music Education. He is the Director of the Adult and Children's Choirs as well as cantor at St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, Roman Catholic Church. He also teaches music at Saint Gabriel Catholic School.

Amy Homer Smith is the organist /pianist at Green Valley Presbyterian Church where she has served for over five years. She also maintains an active piano teaching studio. In recent years she has served on the board of the Las Vegas Music Teachers Association as Vice President of Programs.

Kaymen Carter, a Las Vegas native, has been involved in musical enterprises across the Valley. He currently is a Music Specialist at Dan Goldfarb Elementary School and is the Director of the Youth and Children's Choir, the Adult Choir, and a handbell ensemble at Green Valley Presbyterian Church.

Steven R. Wright serves as the current Dean of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Coreen Levin recently retired after 24 years of service in United States Air Force Field Career Bands, Ms. Levin is nearing completion of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Oboe Performance at UNLV.

Paul S. Hesselink, after teaching at Longwood University in Virginia for 26 years, retired and moved to Las Vegas where he served as Dean of Nevada School of the Arts for twelve years. Dr. Hesselink has been the adjunct faculty member for organ instruction at UNLV since 1993.




Joie et clarté des Corps Glorieux from Les Corps Glorieux: Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

L 'ange a la Trompette: Jacques Charpentier (1933-2017)

Dorothy Young Riess, organ

Sonata II: Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)

Ruhig bewegt

Barbara Finn, organ

Magnificat from Antiphonae B. V. M: Jan Nieland (1903-1963)

0 God Beyond All Praising (Thaxted): Gustav Holst (1874-1934) arr. Hal Hopson

St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, Roman Catholic Church Choir

Joseph Cruz, director

Barbara Finn, organ

Fantaisie and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Amy Homer Smith, organ

The Old Rugged Cross: arr. Mark Hayes (b. 1953)

Jesus Christ is Risen Again: Philip W. J. Stopford (b. 1977)

Green Valley Presbyterian Church Choir

Kaymen Carter, director

Amy Homer Smith, organ

Trumpet Voluntary: Jeremiah Clarke (1674-1707)

Steven R. Wright, organ

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Steven R. Wright did not perform. His presence on the program was part of a ruse for a surprise announcement: The chapter named their ongoing concert recital series for long-time programming chair, Paul S. Hesselink. This was Paul’s last concert serving in that capacity.

Chant Mystique: Mary Beth Bennett (b. 1954)

Coreen Levin, English Horn
Paul S. Hesselink, organ


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