MICHIGAN CITY — The July 3 Roosevelt Pipe Organ Concert will features Matt Gerhard from Kokomo, Indiana.
The organ concerts are held throughout the summer each Wednesday, seating at noon, music from 12:15 to 1 p.m. The location is 531 Washington St., Michigan City, home of Christ Church, former home to First Congregational.
Gerhard serves as Director of Music at Kokomo Zion United Methodist Church, Choral Assistant at Northwestern MS/HS, and teaches private piano. Matt earned a Bachelor’s in Church Music from Olivet Nazarene University (2008) and a Master’s in Choral Conducting (studying with Dr. Gary Bonner) from California Baptist University (2010).
Gerhard has studied classical and church organ with Rev. William H. Brown, Dr. Timothy Nelson, and Dr. Beverly Howard. He has had coaching in theatre organ and silent film accompaniment from Mark Herman, Bob Salisbury, and Justin Stahl. His piano studies have been with Amy Shumway and Dr. Gerald Anderson.
As a recitalist, Matt has performed regularly for the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society, the Roosevelt Summer Organ Series in Michigan City, the Fine Arts Series at Christ Lutheran Church in Kokomo, Calvary Baptist Church’s Gospel Hour in Kokomo, Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, and Timbercrest Senior Living Center in North Manchester, Indiana. Gerhard has also performed programs for such notable institutions as Shepherd’s Grove Church in Garden Grove, California, and the Joliet Area Theatre Organ Enthusiasts (JATOE).
Matt serves as president of the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, registrar of the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, secretary of the Kokomo Symphonic Board, and is a member of the Indiana Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
First Congregational trustees, Ann and George Dobie, have been organizing and promoting the concerts for 18 years. For further information, call 219-608-5358.