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Hartness Organ Series presents Katelyn Emerson Oct. 5

Katelyn Emerson. Rosen-Jones Photography.

The 2017-18 Hartness Organ Series presents a recital by young American virtuoso Katelyn Emerson Thursday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel on the Furman University campus.

The recital is open to the public. Tickets for the Sound Quality Concert Series event are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students.

Katelyn Emerson. Rosen-Jones Photography.

Emerson, winner of the 2016 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Playing, will perform music by J.S. Bach, Josef Rheinberger, Charles-Marie Widor, Maurice Duruflé and Jean Langlais.

Emerson performs throughout the United States and Europe, showcasing repertoire from the 14th through 21st centuries and giving “superlative performances with musical precision,” says the Worcester Chapter of American Guild of Organists. Among the venues in which she has performed are the Cathedral of Poitiers (France), Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Hall (Russia), the Cathedral of St. Quentin (Belgium), Hauptkirche St. Petri (Hamburg, Germany), and Severance Hall (Cleveland, Ohio).

In addition to her first prize in the 2016 AGO National Organ Playing Competition, she received the Jean Boyer Award in the Fifth International Organ Competition Pierre de Manchicourt (France). As the youngest of seven finalists in the VIII Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition (Kalingrad, Russia), she was awarded Third Place and the title of “Laureate.”

She serves as Associate Organist and Choirmaster of Boston’s famed Church of the Advent, where she plays the historic Aeolian-Skinner organ and works with both professional and volunteer choirs.

Emerson’s recital is this year’s Belcher Organ Recital. This annual program, named in honor of Furman alumni the late Posey Belcher and his wife, Jean Orr Belcher, is made possible by an endowment created by the Belcher children, all of whom are Furman graduates.

Furman’s Hartness Organ Series is named in honor of the late Tom and Edna Hartness, longtime supporters and Furman University benefactors, whose 1998 bequest made possible Daniel Chapel’s Fisk pipe organ.

For more information, contact the Furman University Music Department office at 864-294-2086, or email the department at

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