The Furman University Department of Music announces the return of the Hartness Organ Series. The three concerts comprising the series are free and open to the public. It opens Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on the Furman campus with a recital by Greenville native Caroline Robinson, associate organist-choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta.
At St. Philips, Robinson shares organ playing and accompanying responsibilities and leads the Royal School of Church Music-based Chorister program. She has been featured as a solo recitalist in many venues across the United States, including churches and concert halls. Her performances have been broadcast on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams,” “Pipedreams LIVE!” and on “Wanamaker Organ Hour,” a Philadelphia-based public radio show.
A featured performer at Organ Historical Society and American Guild of Organists regional conventions, Robinson is the Second Prize Winner of the 2018 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. She holds First Prize from the 11th annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival (2008) and the 10th annual West Chester University Organ Competition (2010). She was a semifinalist in the 2014 Dublin International Organ Competition.
Robinson completed her undergraduate work at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Alan Morrison. Aided by a grant from the J. William Fulbright fellowship fund, she studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with David Higgs.
Robinson’s recital, the Posey and Jean Orr Belcher Organ Concert, honors Furman alumni the late Posey ’54 and Jean Orr Belcher ’53. It is made possible by an endowment created by the Belcher children: the late David O. Belcher ’79, Philip B. Belcher ’82, Elizabeth Belcher Mixon ’87, and Miriam Belcher Ponder ’91.