Third Thursday Organ Interludes and Lunch
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Susan McDuffie, Organist
About the Artist
Susan McDuffie is a graduate of Wesleyan College where she majored in piano performance and minored in organ. Further study was at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and in master classes with renowned pianists and organists throughout the country. She performs as piano and organ soloist and collaborates with instrumentalists, vocalists, and other pianists including her son, world renowned violinist, Robert McDuffie , and daughter concert pianist Margery McDuffie Whatley. In addition, she has served as organist or as organist/choirmaster at many local area churches as well as serving on the faculty at Wesleyan College and as accompanist for the Macon Civic Chorale and the Middle Georgia Choral Society. Her reputation for excellence as a private piano teacher is shown by the large number of students she has taught who have been winners of major piano auditions, scholarships, and competitions and have been accepted into leading music schools.
A leader in the arts community, she has served as President of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Music Teachers Association, and the Morning Music Club in addition to serviing on the boards of numerous other fine arts organizations.
Susan McDuffie is a recipient of a 1998 Cultural Award given by the Macon Arts Alliance for outstanding contributions to the arts scene in Middle Georgia. She was also awarded the Wesleyan Alumnae Award for Distinguished Service to the Community and the 2016 Robert McDuffie String Center Award.
She and her husband Bill are parents of 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
*All concerts are approximately 30 minutes, begin at 12:00 noon, and are FREE. Catered Lunch in the church Social Hall is available for $10 per person after the concerts . This month's lunch is being catered by Michael's on Mulberry.
About the Series
Third Thursday Organ Interludes are midday concerts sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church and held monthly October-May except during March. The series was begun in the fall of 2004 as “Third Tuesday Organ Interludes” as a joint venture shared by Christ Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, Mulberry St. United Methodist Church, and St. Joseph Catholic Church. The intent was to showcase instruments in some of the historic downtown churches and to make the events convenient to workers in the downtown area during the middle of the day. The concerts would be free, but the decision was also made to accept donations which would be given to an outreach ministry designated each month by the host church. Each church was responsible for two programs per year on a regular rotation. This continued through the 2009-10 season, at which time two of the churches were unable to continue participating.
At that point, Fr. Allan McDonald, pastor of St. Joseph Church, gave his approval for the series to move on a permanent basis to St. Joseph, beginning in October 2010. The day was moved to Thursday because of calendar conflicts with other church events, and a generous donor volunteered to fund the series. In January of 2011 we were able to begin also offering the option of a soup/salad/sandwich lunch after each concert. We greatly appreciate the interest that has been shown in both the opportunities to hear a variety of delightful music and to make new friends at the luncheons afterward.
About the Instrument
The current organ is a 53-rank Schlicker, installed in 1986, under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Fletcher Anderson, who was organist/choirmaster at that time. It replaced (and retained a small number of ranks from) the original 1903 Pilcher.
Click on a link below to view and/or download a printable PDF version of the
Third Thursday Organ Interludes 2016-2017 Series poster.
These posters are in full color and can be printed on a 8-1/2" x 11" piece of paper for saving and sharing.
October 20, 2016 - Susan McDuffie
November 17, 2016 - Ellen Wilson
December 21, 2016 - Nelda Chapman
January 19, 2017 - Charles Higgs
February 16, 2017 - Young Artists (From the Studio of Dr. Jack Mitchner)
M-F March 20-24, 2017 AGO Cherry Blossom Organ Recitals (Mulberry St UMC)
April 20, 2017 - Young Artists (From the Studio of Dr. Jack Mitchner)
May 18, 2017 - Alvin Blount
About the St. Cecilia Window
The watermark seen above and on programs is the St. Cecilia stained glass window, which can be found in the left transept of the church. St. Cecilia, the patron Saint of music and church musicians, was a lover of music. Martyred in Italy for her faith sometime between 176A.D. and 230 A.D., she is depicted in this window holding a small portatif organ and looking up to heaven. Her feast day, St. Cecilia Day, is celebrated on November 22nd.