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Music faculty member and organist to perform at Temple Sinai

February 27, 2009

Marcus St. Julien, D.M.A., instructor of music in the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University New Orleans, will perform the final installment of his three-part series featuring the organ works of César Franck on Sunday, March 1, at 4 p.m., at Temple Sinai Reform Congregation, 6227 Saint Charles Ave.

This concert, performed on Temple Sinai’s historic 1926 E.M. Skinner organ, will showcase some of the most significant organ works of Franck including Fantaisie in A Major; Prière, Op. 20; Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18; and Chorale 1 in E Major. The concert is free and open to the public.

St. Julien is a native of New Orleans, where his earliest training included piano study with Marie Théard and organ study with Anne L. Ganucheau, Elise Cambon and Herndon Spillman. He holds a bachelor of music degree in organ performance from Loyola and a master of music degree in music theory from Indiana University. St. Julien earned a doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, under the direction of Clyde Holloway.

St. Julien has been heard in recital throughout the South, including a program for the 1989 national convention of the Organ Historical Society in New Orleans and the 2001 dedication recital of the Dobson pipe organ at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Covington, La. In 1992, he won first prize at the graduate level of the 21st annual Wm. C. Hall Pipe Organ Competition held in San Antonio, Texas.

Currently, St. Julien is an organist at Temple Sinai, Holy Name of Jesus Church and St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church. He is also an instructor of organ, music theory and voice at Loyola.

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