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Three 'Con' Men Presenting Organ Concert
ATHENS – Three Concord University graduates will be featured in an organ concert “A Musical Valentine” as part of the PipeSounds concert series. The performance will be held on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 at 3 p.m. at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church in Hurricane.
Billing themselves as Three “Con” Men, the trio includes Elliot Bromley, Dr. Charles Chandler and Timothy Waugh.
“We’ve had quite some big names. I wanted to do something more local,” Chandler said of PipeSounds. “I wanted to showcase music in West Virginia and I thought of Concord.”
PipeSounds is a Community Festival of Organ Concerts which features the sounds of the Harrah Symphonic Organ. Designed and constructed by Charleston native Allen Harrah, the organ is the largest draw-knob console in the world. It has 456 draw knobs, more than 2,600 pipes and carries more than 20,000 digital notes.
Chandler said the upcoming concert will include loves songs from classical numbers to lighter selections. Each of the three performers will have his own set, he said.
Chandler is Minister of Music at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church. Along with being a Concord graduate, he also graduated from Marshall University and Nova Southeastern University. He has also studied French horn at Radford University.
A former band director and public school administrator, he has served as Superintendent of Schools in districts in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Chandler has also led music programs at Princeton (W.Va.) Presbyterian Church, Finleyville (Penn.) Presbyterian Church and Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.
He served as organist of First United Methodist Church of Buckhannon and as Conference Organist for the West Virginia United Methodist Church in 2007.
A native of Richmond, Va., Bromley is the organist at Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond where he teaches piano, organ and harpsichord at the church’s School of the Arts.
As a Concord student, he participated in several ensembles, accompanied numerous recitals and played piano for the Concord Commanders. Following graduation, he taught band and music at Bramwell in Mercer County and taught music theory/composition at the West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy.
He spent several summers working as musical director and accompanist for Theatre West Virginia. He continued theatre work when he moved back to Richmond in 1987, doing shows for several theatre companies including Barksdale Theatre, Swift Creek Mill Theatre and Henrico Theatre Companies. He remains active as a recitalist.
Waugh currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Beckley (W.Va.) Presbyterian Church. Internationally acclaimed as a conductor, composer and performance arts educator, he is well known in many performance mediums, including handbell, choral, church music and musical theatre.
Early in his career he became noted for his work in conducting and teaching children and youth. He recently retired after a career spanning more than 30 years of public school music education in southern West Virginia. Waugh has been associated professionally with church music as a career for over 40 years.
He continues to conduct or teach at over 20 festivals and workshops a year and composes and writes from his studio. His compositions of liturgical, choral, organ and handbell music are published in the United States by nine publishers and have been played across the world and in outer space. Waugh is often commissioned to write new compositions for events and festivals. His conducting, workshop and performance travels have taken him to almost every U.S. state and to Canada, England, Ireland and Puerto Rico.
A reception will be hosted by the women of the church following the concert. There is no admission charge for the performance and the community is invited to attend. For more information call 304-562-5903 or visit www.pipesounds.org. The church is located at 2848 Putnam Ave in Hurricane.