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Award-winning local organist to dedicate new organ at the Church of St. Lawrence in Alexandria Bay

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ALEXANDRIA BAY — In celebration of the Church of St. Lawrence’s new organ, Lisa M. Scrivani-Tidd, director of music and organist at the church and associate professor of music at Jefferson Community College, will perform a dedicatory organ recital at 7 p.m. Friday at the church on Mill Point.

Mrs. Scrivani-Tidd will be assisted on trumpet by Jeff Miller, a retired trumpeter with U.S. Army bands.

Admission to the recital is free.

Originally from Niagara Falls, Mrs. Scrivani-Tidd resides in Northern New York with her husband and two sons. She holds a doctor of music degree from Indiana University (in organ performance and literature and music theory and music history and literature), a master of music degree in organ performance from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor of music degree in music education from SUNY Fredonia.

She developed the music curriculum at JCC, where she teaches music courses in performance, technique, theory, music and appreciation. She also oversees the education programs at the college and supervises the teaching of JCC music courses in area high schools.

In 2002, Mrs. Scrivani-Tidd received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, one of the most prestigious honors that can be conferred upon SUNY faculty.

Mrs. Scrivani-Tidd served for several years as university organist at St. Lawrence University and as music teacher in the public schools in Western and Northern New York. She is an active workshop clinician and performance judge, has won numerous organ competitions and maintains an active performance record as organ recitalist.

She has performed as organ recitalist and choral conductor for many organizations and has held church music positions in New York, Indiana and Tennessee, and has served on diocesan music committees of the Roman Catholic Church in New York state.

Mrs. Scrivani-Tidd also has served in numerous administrative roles in the American Guild of Organists.

She has authored The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History: The Early Years (1951-1959), published in 2006 by Greenwood Publishing Group.

At Friday’s concert, Mr. Miller will perform the festive Suite in D Major by Jeremiah Clarke, accompanied by Mrs. Scrivani-Tidd. Retired from the U.S. Army bands, Mr. Miller was born and raised in south-central Pennsylvania. He served more than 20 years as an Army band trumpet player, performing with the 19th Army Band, Fort Dix, N.J.; the 8th Army Band, Seoul, South Korea; the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus, Heidelberg, Germany; and the 10th Mountain Division Band, Fort Drum.

Locally, Mr. Miller has performed with the Frank Sacci Big Band, the Northern Choral Society Orchestra, Watertown Lyric Theater, the JCC Jazz Rock Ensemble and the Brass Menagerie Ensemble. He is a soloist and private trumpet teacher.

Mr. Miller works for the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as park manager at Keewaydin, Kring Point and Cedar Island state parks.

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The dedicatory organ recital will include works that highlight the sonorities of the recently acquired three-manual Allen digital organ at the Church of St. Lawrence, a summer chapel of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.

Organ repertoire will include one of the multi-variations noels of French composer Louis-Claude Daquin, a popular 18th century virtuoso organist in Paris; a suite from Jeremiah Clarke, a 17th-century English composer and St. Paul’s Cathedral organist in London, with Mr. Miller assisting on trumpet; a chorale prelude and a prelude and fugue from prolific German baroque composer and organist Johann Sebastian Bach.

The concert also will feature a piece from CÚsar Franck, a 19th century organ composer and organist at the Paris Conservatoire; a pedal solo of some works by 20th-century American composer William Albright; and one of the vigorous and tuneful symphony movements of early 20th century organ symphonist Louis Vierne, who served as organist at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The details
WHAT: Dedicatory organ recital featuring organist Lisa M. Scrivani-Tidd and trumpeter Jeff Miller.
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at the Church of St. Lawrence, 7 Fuller St., Mill Point, Alexandria Bay.
COST: Free.
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