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Noted organist to perform in Tifton

TIFTON — Described by “Choir and Organ” magazine as “indomitable and immensely gifted,”and an “artist of rare sensitivity and passion” by The Macon Telegraph, organist Robert McCormick will appear in concert at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17.

The program continues the Homer Meade Rankin Memorial Organ Series at St. Anne’s. Admission is free.

A Macon native, McCormick is director of music at St. Paul’s Parish, K Street, Washington D.C., where he is organist and conductor of numerous choirs.

Prior to this position, he was organist and music director at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York City, one of the country’s most celebrated Anglo-Catholic parishes.

Only 22 years old when he assumed that position, he conducted one of the city’s most highly regarded professional choruses, oversaw a weekly organ recital series and played the historic four-manual, 91 rank Aeolian-Skinner organ.

A summa cum laude graduate in organ performance from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J., McCormick has received numerous awards. He is a frequent concert artist in such prestigious venues as the Great Organists Series at St. John’s Cathedral in Albuquerque N.M, the New York City Pipe Organ Encounters, and the Atlanta Summer Organ Festival, among others.

Known for his ability in organ improvisation, McCormick was a semi-finalist in the St. Alban’s International Organ Festival Improvisation Competition.

Concert goers to the St. Anne’s concert may expect a portion of the program to be devoted to his improvisations based on suggestions from the audience.

McCormick will perform on the Chambers Memorial Organ, built by Casavants of Quebec, Canada and given to the church by Merle and Evelyn Chambers to honor Jerry G. Chambers, a distant cousin of the late Homer Rankin, a revered Tifton businessman and philanthropist. Chambers acted as both brother and father to Rankin as a youngster.

The organist’s appearance is made possible by an endowment of the Chambers Family Fund, through the generosity of Merle and Evelyn Chambers, to provide regular concerts at St. Anne’s by recognized organists.

A reception will follow in the Church Parish Hall. St. Anne’s is located at 2411 N. Central Ave. For information, go to www.stannestifton.com or call 229-382-7505.