Becket Arts Concert

To Feature Bill Haller

by John Beall

Dr. William “Bill” Haller, our music director, will present an organ recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, as part of the Becket Arts series.  He will perform compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Joe Utterback.  A second composition by Joe Utterback will be performed with pianist Carol Beall.

Dr. Haller is professor emeritus of organ and organ literature at West Virginia University. He received his doctor of musical arts degree from North Texas State University and both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music.

Before coming to St. Thomas à Becket Church last August, he served as director of music ministry at Edgwood Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wheeling. Until 2002, he was the organist at the Worthington United Methodist Church in Worthington, OH.  He also was the organist for the Columbus Symphony.

Dr. Haller’s honors include winning the National Organ Playing Competition in Fort Wayne, IN, in 1965, and tying for second place at the International Organ Playing Competition in Chartres, France, in 1974. Since 1982, Dr. Haller has been a fellow of the American Guild of Organists.

Dr. Haller has brought the organ at St. Thomas back to its original specifications from the early 1990s, especially with the restoration of the “32 foot Contra Bourdon” pedal stop. Service music, both choral and organ, is at a very high standard at the church.

The public is invited to the concert.  Tickets, with proceeds benefiting the Capital Improvement Fund, will be available at the door.  A reception will follow the concert.