Brevard College will host a performance by organist and Furman University Professor of Music Charles Tompkins on Sunday, Sept. 15 in the College’s Porter Center for Performing Arts.
The 3 p.m. concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the College’s new Guest Artist Series this year.
Dr. Tompkins will perform the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Nikolaus Bruhns, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Robert J. Powell, Max Reger and Carl Rütti on the College’s Kirkpatrick-Coleman Organ. The three manual, sixty-nine instrument was built by the Daniel Jaeckel Organ Company of Duluth, Minn., and installed in the Porter Center’s Scott Concert Hall in 2003.
A member of the Furman faculty since 1986, Dr. Tompkins teaches organ, harpsichord, music theory and church music, and serves as coordinator of keyboard studies. He has presented organ recitals and workshops at major churches and universities throughout the United States, and has been a featured artist at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the College Music Society, and the Music Teachers National Association. In 2011, Dr. Tompkins performed a series of programs in France and Switzerland, including a recital at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris. His performances have been broadcast nationally on American Public Media’s PIPEDREAMS, and his CD Solemnity and Joy was released in 2001 on the Pro Organo label.
Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Dr. Tompkins’ undergraduate study was at the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), where as a student of Russell Saunders he received his bachelor’s degree in Music with High Distinction and a Performer’s Certificate in organ. He subsequently received a master’s degree in Music from the University of Michigan, studying under Robert Glasgow, and a doctorate in Music Arts from Eastman, where he continued his organ studies with Russell Saunders and was a harpsichord student of Lenora McCroskey.
Upcoming Brevard College Guest Series performances include the Jesselson-Fugo Duo, cello/piano, on Oct. 18; a Horse-Pulled Theater Company on Oct. 21; Anne Labounsky, organ, on Nov. 17; and Gala Vocal Chamber Music on Nov. 22.
For additional information, contact the Brevard College Department of Fine Arts at 883.8292.