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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Mickey Thomas Terry

(from show document #0106)

  Mickey Thomas Terry
  Mickey Thomas Terry

Mickey Thomas Terry, a native of Greenville, North Carolina, holds degrees from East Carolina University in Greenville, and a Ph.D. in Late Medieval and Early Modern European History from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Dr. Terry’s principal organ teachers have been Clarence Watters, Charles Callahan, and Ronald Stolk (Improvisation). He was the Second Prize winner of the 9th Annual Clarence Mader National Organ Competition (Los Angeles/Pasadena, 1986), and a finalist in both the Michigan International Organ Competition (Ann Arbor, 1987), and the Flint Competition (Flint, Michigan, 1989). He is currently the Director of Music and Organist of Saint Rita’s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Terry has concertized throughout the United States and the Bahamas, and has been broadcast several times on American Public Media’s Pipedreams, the official radio program of the American Guild of Organists. He was a featured recitalist at the 1997 Region III American Guild of Organists Convention in Washington, DC. Dr. Terry was also a featured recitalist at the 1998 American Guild of Organists National Convention in Denver. He has been a featured artist at Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and organ recitalist at the Piccolo-Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1996 and 1998, he was asked to present an African-American Organ Music workshop at the American Guild of Organists National Convention. Dr. Terry has taught on the faculty of Georgetown University and has written several journal articles for The American Organist Magazine, The Diapason, and the British journal Choir and Organ, as well as The Musical Quarterly. There is also an article that appears in Volume IV of Essays in American Music (Garland Publishers, 1999). Dr. Terry has served as Professorial Lecturer in Music at Howard University in Washington, DC. He is the former Sub-Dean of the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He has also served on the Advisory board for the ECS/AGO African-American Organ Music Series published by E.C. Schirmer Music Company of Boston. He is the editor of a new multi-volume anthology of African-American organ music published by MorningStar Music Publishers. Dr. Terry appears on the Albany Records label compact disc George Walker-A Portrait, playing the organ works of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker and on the American Public Media compact disc Pipedreams Premieres, Volume 2, playing an organ work of Thomas H. Kerr.

Selected Bibliography

Mickey Thomas Terry, Cultural Perceptions of African-American Organ Literature Perspectives on American Music Since 1950, James R. Heintze, ed., Essays in American Music, Vol. 4 (Garland Publishing Co., June 1999), p. 225-241.

Mickey Thomas Terry, African-American Classical Organ Music—A Case of Neglect, The American Organist Magazine, March 1997. p. 56-61.

Mickey Thomas Terry, African-American Organ Literature: A Selective Overview, The Diapason, April 1996, p. 14-17.

Mickey Thomas Terry, A Second Glance: An Overview of African-American Organ Literature, The Diapason, May 1998, p. 18-21.

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