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Organist Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra Presents A Program About Gratitude At Westminster Presbyterian


Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra is an organist who's passionate not only about making music, but also about advocating for marginalized populations while doing her part to ensure that music remains a vehicle for learning for children and adults. She does this through her own compositions, including her Muse project. Dr. Ruiter-Feenstra frequently creates programs that combine her compositions with scripture readings and hymn singing. These programs are holistic and non-denominational, and usually address a singular theme such as love, or gratitude. On Friday, May 11th at 8pm, she will present such a program at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, as part of their Musica Organi series. 

In this interview with Morning Concert Host, Melony Dodson, Pamela talks about the rich history of improvising on the organ, the Tennessee organ-builder, Richard & Fowkes, what the audience can expect from Friday night's program, and her passion for helping people in need and how she does this through her music.

More information on this event is available at www.musicaorgani.org. More information about Dr. Ruiter-Feenstra at www.pamelaruiterfeenstra.com

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.