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Organist Offers Recital at R-MWC


    LYNCHBURG, Va. ó Professor of Music and College Organist Scott Shaw of Kwassui Womenís College in Nagasaki, Japan, will present a recital of organ music on September 30 at 3:00PM in the Houston Memorial Chapel on the campus of Randolph-Macon Woman's College. The event is free and open to the public.†

Shaw graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Music (Organ) in 1981. His teachers included Walter Eichinger (organ), Carole Terry (organ and harpsichord), and Sylvia Kind (harpsichord). His received his Master of Music in Performance and Literature (Organ) and Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature (Organ) from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. His primary teacher was Russell Saunders.†

Since 1989 he has been Professor of Music and College Organist at Kwassui Women's College in Nagasaki Japan, where he is the first organist to be hired in the institution's 120-year history. He established the Department of Musicís organ major course, supervising the acquisition of five pipe organs for student and recital use. Kwassui Women's College is one of R-MWCís four sister schools in Japan.†

Shaw is active as a recitalist throughout Japan, performing regularly in concert halls, colleges and churches. He is also a frequent clinician for church music workshops. Presently, Shaw serves as the Dean of the Western Japan Chapter of the Japan Association of Organists, and on the national board of the Japan Organ Society.

Founded in 1891, Randolph-Macon Woman's College is one of the premier women's colleges in the country, ranking among the top ten percent of all colleges and universities nationwide in the percentage of its graduates who go on to earn Ph.D's. The College is also a member of the International 50 -- the top 50 schools in the U.S. whose graduates are most likely to pursue internationally oriented careers.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations