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Concert Organist Scott Dettra Performs a Dedicatory Organ Recital at St. John's Cathedral

St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Knoxville, will host an organ dedicatory recital on Friday, February 11th at 7pm. Concert organist, Scott Dettra, is the soloist and will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Mozart, Widor, Cesar Franck, Joseph Jongen, and Eugene Gigout. Scott is a member of the organ faculty at Southern Methodist University, is director of music at the Church of Incarnation in Dallas, TX, is the organist for the Philadelphia based Grammy award-winning choir, The Crossing, and was the organist of Washington National Cathedral. He has recordings on the Pro Organo, Innova and Gothic record labels.

St. John's Cathedral commissioned a new organ from Indianapolis organ builder Goulding & Wood, which was installed in March of 2020. However, due to Covid-19, a performance celebrating the new instrument was unable to be held safely, until now. In this interview, Dettra explains how a dedicatory recital is unique and how he goes about selecting music for such a performance. Additionally, he gives us an inside look at how organists prepare for recitals and discusses the music that he will perform on Friday evening's concert.

Additional information about the new organ and this recital can be found at https://stjohnscathedral.org

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.
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