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Organist Julie Vidrick Evans is Our Next Theologian-in-Residence: September 25-October 9
September 25, 2016 @ 10:30 am - October 9, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
We are excited to welcome Julie Vidrick Evans as our next Theologian-in-Residence at First United Methodist Church of Boulder! Julie will join us for worship on September 25 and October 2, and will be our guest organist for the worship service on October 10.
On October 2nd, Julie will present a special Sunday Forum at 9:00 am in the sanctuary, near the organ. The title of Julie’s Forum presentation is “Soul Juxtaposition: J.S. Bach and the Negro Spiritual,” a program which pairs the songs of the slaves in America with works of J.S. Bach in a way that particularly reinforces each other’s emotional power and musical intent.
An active recitalist and prize-winning organist, Julie Vidrick Evans has performed with distinguished ensembles and in solo concerts in cathedrals and concert halls across the U.S. and Eastern Europe.Performance venues include The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, Washington National Cathedral, The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Princeton University Chapel, Trinity Church, Wall Street and St. Thomas Church, Fifth Ave. in NYC. She was a featured performer in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and the Region III Convention of the American Guild of Organists. An enthusiastic voice for the Trio Sonatas of JS Bach, Evans has performed the complete six Trio Sonatas for Organ (BWV 525-530) two times as part of the Annual Bach Marathon at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, at The Eleventh Grace Church Bach Festival, Grace Church, Georgetown, and as a concert prelude to the 2010 AGO National Convention. The Washington Post describes her performance as “giving meaningful tonal and emotional character to each movement… She gave a sense of magnitude and individual subjectivity to all six sonatas.”
Evans earned a Master of Music from The Catholic University of America as a student of Wojciech Wojtasiewicz and a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University as a student of Richard McPherson. In addition to holding church positions in the Washington, D.C. area, she has served as Choral Conductor-in-Residence at American University, Washington, D.C. and Associate Conductor of Masterworks Chorus (now The National Philharmonic Chorale).
Ms. Evans serves the American Guild of Organists as clinician and recitalist and has served as Dean, Trichapter Chair, Co-Chair of the Committee for New Music, and Executive Assistant for the 2010 National AGO Convention. An avid cyclist, she is often seen biking to work at The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. where she overseas an extensive music program and is artistic director of the Annual Bach Marathon and The Chevy Chase Concert Series, now in its 46th year.