Redlands’ First Congregational Church offers Thursday morning organ concerts – San Bernardino Sun

First Congregational Church of Redlands’ annual series of pipe organ concerts begins 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 6, with a performance by Stephen Moore, the church’s organist.

The series of half-hour programs continues at 11:30 a.m. every Thursday in April in the sanctuary of the church, 2 W. Olive Ave.

Other performers are Philip Hoch, April 13; Irmengard Jennings, April 20; and Ed Yarnelle, April 27.

The concerts are free, but donations are accepted.

About the performers

• Stephen Moore is an associate professor of music at Cal State Dominguez Hills and a former associate professor at the Oberlin Conservatory, according to a news release.

Stephen Moore will present the April 6 concert on First Congregational Church of Redlands’ 2023 series of Thursday morning organ concerts. (Photo by Monte Stuck, First Congregational Church of Redlands)

He is co-author of two books about rhythm, published by Alfred Music, and received a doctorate in music theory from Indiana University and a master’s degree in piano from the Manhattan School of Music.

• Philip Hoch studied with organist Frederick Swann at the University of Redlands, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music in 2016 and 2018. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2021 from UCLA, studying under Christoph Bull.

He is organist at Shepherd’s Grove Presbyterian Church in Irvine, from which services are broadcast internationally on Trinity Broadcasting Network. He is also an artist teacher of organ and visiting assistant professor of music history at the University of Redlands Conservatory of Music.

• Irmengard Jennings, who has been minister of music at Faith Lutheran Church in Yucaipa for more than 20 years, received her master’s degree in organ performance from the University of Redlands, where she worked for more than 20 years, including directing the Community School of Music. She also coordinated the Redlands Organ Festival for seven years.

• Ed Yarnelle, who organizes First Congregational Church’s organ series each year, received his doctorate in keyboard performance from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

He has taught music and psychology at San Bernardino Valley College since 1994 and taught piano at Mt. San Jacinto College for 12 years. He was also organist and choir director at Hemet United Methodist Church.

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