Saturday, March 17, 7pm
Bring a friend! We’re excited to host the entertaining and informative organ duet team of Mark Thewes and Chad Pittman – “Two Men and a Bench”. Unique repertoire for four hands and four feet at one organ! Works will include pieces by Callahan, Morricone, Mascagni, Michel, Vaughan-Williams, and Saint-Saens.
Mark Thewes is a resident of Massillon, full-time Organist-Director of Music at Westbrook Park United Methodist Church in his 40th year there. He holds both a Bachelor’s Degree, and Master’s Degree of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Akron, and received his Certification in Church Music from Baldwin Wallace College. He is the immediate past Dean of the Canton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is a published composer with Morning Star Publishing Co., CPP Belwin-Warner Bros. Co., Abingdon Press, Beckenhorst Press and writes reviews of organ music for the Worship Arts magazine, the national publication of the Fellowship of United Methodist Musicians. One of his compositions ATrumpet Tune in Eb was featured on Pipedreams, a national public radio station that airs weekly broadcasts of music written for the organ. He is also a performing member of the Canton MacDowell Club and the Director of the MacDowell Chorale. Mark is also an adjunct faculty member at Malone University in organ and is the accompanist for the Malone Chamber Chorale. He has studied organ with Phillip Hodel of Canton, Richard Shirey and Barbara MacGregor from the University of Akron. Mark is also the accompanist for A Chorus for a Cause, an 80 voice community choir in Canton, Ohio.
Since the two have started performing duet concerts in the fall of 2013under the name of “Two Men and a Bench”, they have been invited to performed at Crossroads United Methodist Church (Canton), Westbrook Park United Methodist Church (Canton), Christ Episcopal Church (Warren), Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Pittsburgh), and Shiloh United Church of Christ (Dayton), St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Alliance), and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (Canton). Recently received an invitation to perform on the 2016 (July 20th) concert series at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, outside of Boston and at the National City Christian Church in Washington DC on April 21, 2017. Concerts scheduled for 2018 include The First Congregational Church, Akron, Ohio, Washington National Cathedral, DC, and Shiloh UCC in Dayton, Ohio.
Chad Pittman is the Director of Choral Activities for the Akron School for the Arts at Firestone High School, where he conducts and maintains a nationally renowned choral program of six choirs. A recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, he studied music education, organ, and conducting. He studied organ with Margaret Scharf, Jonathan Moyer, and Nicole Keller, and conducting with Dwight Oltman, Judith Burns, and Dirk Garner, serving as conductor of the women’s chorus and symphonic wind ensemble, and assistant conductor/accompanist of the outreach department honors chorales. Chad is currently the Director of Music (Organist and Choirmaster) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Massillon. Prior to his appointment at St. Paul’s, he served as Director if Music and Organist at historic Church of the Savior United Methodist in downtown Canton Ohio and Faith Lutheran Church in Kent Ohio. Active in public school music education, he has also directed choirs at Stow-Munroe Falls High School, and Kimpton Middle School, receiving Baldwin Wallace University’s clinical practice/student teaching award for outstanding teaching and musicianship. He has also served as Head Counselor and Assistant Choir Director for Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory Summer Intensive, a two week intensive for high school students who wish to study music in college. An active performer in northeast Ohio, he has presented programs at Church of the Covenant (Cleveland), First United Methodist Church (Berea), Remsen Christian Church (Medina), Crossroads United Methodist Church (Canton), Westbrook Park United Methodist Church (Canton), and has served as guest organist for Christ Presbyterian Church (Canton), the Akron Civic Theater, and VOCI (Voices of Canton), and guest speaker/clinician for the Canton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists professional development workshops. Chad is also the current Dean of the Canton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Recipient of the 2014 Baldwin Wallace University Outstanding Conservatory Senior award, he has frequently collaborated as guest organist with the Baldwin Wallace University College Choir, Concert Wind Ensemble, and orchestra.