AMERICAN FALLS — Dr. Paul Barte will present an organ recital at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee in American Falls, on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Dr. Barte was a member of the music faculty at Idaho State University from 1990 to 1997. He studied organ at the University of Minnesota, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Eastman School of Music. He graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1995. In addition to serving on the faculty at Ohio University, he is the university organist. He was the 2005 recipient of the OU School of Music’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Barte has performed extensively in the United States and abroad. Recent performances include recitals on the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle organ. Barte has also presented recitals and workshops at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Music Teachers’ National Association. He has diverse experience as a church musician, having served Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist, UCC, Latter-Day Saint, and Unitarian congregations in Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Idaho and Ohio.
Dr. Barte is also an avid runner and has completed numerous marathons and in 2012 completed the JFK 50 miler.
The organ at St Johns was built Schoenstein & Company and installed in 1995. The organ has 719 pipes, in 11 ranks, with nine voices. Felix Schoenstein established Schoenstrein & Company in San Francisco in 1877. The company has built organs for churches and other facilities all over the United States. Their most well-known organ in this area is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Conference Center organ in Salt Lake City.
The organ recital on Sunday is open to the public. A free will offering will be received.