Jeannine Morrison, Piano
Atlanta native Jeannine Morrison maintains a versatile career as teacher, adjudicator, lecturer, soloist, duo-pianist, recording artist and chamber musician. Having made distinguished solo debuts with rave reviews in New York City's Town Hall, The National Gallery in Washington, DC, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Symphony and numerous others, she has had an equally active career with her duo-piano partner Joanne Rogers (wife of the late Mister Rogers of the Neighborhood fame) since their college days at Rollins College Conservatory in Winter Park, FL. Together they have performed hundreds of recitals throughout the United States as well as numerous orchestral appearances performing concerti by Bach, Mozart, Poulenc and Saint-Saens. Together they have made two compact discs of major two piano repertoire on the ACA Digital label.
After graduating from Rollins, Jeannine continued her studies in New York City at Columbia University with the late Edwin Hughes and later earned the Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance from The Royal Academy of Music in London, England. Other teachers/coaches include Earl Wild, Daniel Ericourt and the late great Lili Kraus. She is Professor Emerita of Music of Clayton State University near Atlanta, GA (home of Spivey Hall) where she taught for 20 years. A teacher in much demand, she was awarded the coveted Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Music Teacher's Association in 2003. She has also served several terms on the national Fulbright awards selection committee in NYC. Her numerous articles have been published along with video tapes pertaining to various aspects of piano playing and teaching.
Jeannine and her son, Alan, have performed organ/piano duo recitals in Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, and Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Collegeville, and at Longwood Gardens). They premiered a new work written for them "Between Mother and Son" by Brent Weaver at the GMTA State Convention in 1997. They have also performed as duo-pianists playing the Mozart Two Piano Concerto with The Atlanta Chamber Symphony as well as the (Mozart) Concerto for Three Pianos along with Don Morrison (Jeannine's husband and Alan's father). Jeannine continues to reside in Decatur, Georgia with her husband, Don. She is the mother of three children; George, Julie, and Alan.
Alan Morrison, Organ
Alan Morrison is one of the most sought-after American concert organists, and has appeared in some of the most prestigious organ concert venues in North America including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Alice Tully Hall; The Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas; Spivey Hall in Atlanta; Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary; The Crystal Cathedral in California; the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in San Diego, California, St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC, and numerous others. In addition to extensive solo and orchestral performances throughout the United States, Mr. Morrison has also performed in Brazil, Canada, Germany and Italy.
Mr. Morrison has the distinct honor of having been chosen by his peers to perform for three previous national conventions of the American Guild of Organists (Atlanta '92, NYC '96, Philadelphia "02) and has won top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Silver Medal at the Calgary International Organ Festival and First Prize in both the Mader and Poister National Organ Competitions.
As a recording artist, Mr. Morrison has recorded eight critically acclaimed CD’s for Gothic Records, ACA Digital Recording and DTR. These and other concert performances are regularly featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams and NPR’s Performance Today. He was featured on two episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and on Georgia Public Television in a performance of the Shostakovich Piano Concerto #1. In May 2003, he appeared along with Itzak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma for the Fred Rogers Memorial service which was telecast live from Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall. A champion of twentieth/twenty-first century American composers, Mr. Morrison has premiered important new works by William Bolcom, Dan Locklair, Eric Sessler, Brent Weaver, Emily Maxson Porter, Jon Spong and Luis Prado as well as the American premier of Dances for Organ and Orchestra by British composer Bob Chilcott.
As a pianist he has performed recitals with renowned mezzo soprano Rinat Shaham under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation and in a Gala performance at Alice Tully Hall hosted by Itzak Perlman and Pinchas Zuckerman. Mr. Morrison has also performed two Mozart concertos (Double Piano Concerto with his mother Jeannine Morrison, and the Triple Piano Concerto with his mother and father, Don Morrison) with members of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Spivey Hall. Mr. Morrison currently collaborates with the Orlando Chamber Soloists as a founding member with the Principal players of the Orlando Philharmonic.
At the age of 33, Mr. Morrison was appointed Head of the Organ Department at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He recently was honored with the Haas Charitable Trust Chair in Organ Studies at Curtis. He is in his eleventh year as College Organist at Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA.). He is a graduate of both The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School of Music. His teachers include John Weaver, Cherry Rhodes, Sarah Martin (organ), Robert Harvey, Vladimir Sokoloff and Susan Starr (piano).
College Church, Wheaton
July 6, 2006
9:00 am – 9:45 am
10:30 am – 11:15 am