Award-winning organist Roderick Demmings to perform at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2016
WILMINGTON – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is pleased to present award-winning organist Roderick Demmings in concert on Friday, November 11 at 6:00 p.m. (pre-recital reception at 5 p.m.)
Roderick Demmings Jr. gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, performing as a solo pianist on the national radio show From the Top on PBS. Since that time, he has performed in prestigious venues on both sides of the Atlantic. In July 2013, he appeared at the Vatican, performing as organist with the Vatican Choir in a concert for Pope Francis. In February of 2014, he participated in the Kennedy Center’s Organ Showcase where he performed alongside many other organ scholars from conservatories across the country. Most recently, Mr. Demmings and concert pianist, Karl Van Richards, have teamed up to create Double Treble, an exciting, interactive nationwide concert tour that features works for piano/organ and piano four hands.
Roderick received his primary musical tutelage from pianist/conductor, John Tatum. His organ studies commenced at age 11 with organist Annette Albrecht at the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. It was there that he gave his first public recital at age 12, performing both piano and organ.
Among his many awards, his proudest stem from being honored by the State of Texas as Young Person of the Year, meriting 2nd Place in the National Association of Negro Musician’s Organ Competition, and ranking 1st for six years, consecutively, in the Debose National Piano Competition.
Mr. Demmings has been coached by numerous legendary organists, among them, Daniel Roth, Marie Louise Langlais, Peter Conte, Alan Morrison, and Thomas Bara. He completed his undergraduate studies under the guidance of master organist Donald Sutherland at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland where he was the recipient of the Rose and Leon J. Neiburger scholarship. Upon the conclusion of his junior year, Mr. Demmings received the Richard Ross Memorial Award for his outstanding work in the field of organ performance, both at home and abroad.
Don’t miss your chance to see this stellar organist perform in the exquisite acoustics of the St. Paul’s Episcopal sanctuary.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Ronnie Wise, Music Director
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church