MICHIGAN CITY — The Roosevelt Pipe Organ Summer series will return Wednesday with organist Derek E. Nickels, director of music at the Church of the Holy Comforter, and will run through Aug. 14.
The series is in its 18th year and is presented free to the public at 12:45 p.m. each Wednesday.
The organists are top artists of the local area and the greater Chicago area as well. The organ is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. According to a press release from series organizer Ann Dobie, the Roosevelt pipe organ is considered a rare instrument, especially noted for its superior organ pipes. The 1891 Roosevelt opus 506 has 3 manuals, 27 ranks, 1520 pipes and stands over 22 feet high. Each week’s recital will take place at 531 Washington St., Michigan City, home of Christ Church, who are the sponsors of the series. The building is also the former home of the First Congregational Church.
For more information, call Ann Dobie, trustee, at (219) 608-5358.
Derek E. Nickels is Director of Music at the Church of the Holy Comforter (Episcopal), in Kenilworth, Illinois, and has performed recitals across the United States. He holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in organ performance from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University where his teachers included Robert Anderson, Guy Bovet, Robert Clark, John Metz and Larry Palmer.
Nickels has been a featured recitalist at several National Conventions of the Organ Historical Society as well as appearances with Ars Musica Chicago, Early Music Chicago, and the Phoenix Bach and Madrigal Society. He has performed recitals at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue and the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York City, the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego, the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, Washington National Cathedral and National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., and Holy Name Cathedral and Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Nickels taught at Arizona State University, and has served as Organist-Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix, Organist at University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and Associate Organist at St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago. He serves as President of the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Organ Historical Society.
Here the 2019 schedule for the Roosevelt pipe organ summer series:
• June 5 Derek Nickels
• June12 Stephen Schnurr
• June 19 Michael Soto
• June 26 Mark Sudeith
• July 3 Matt Gerhard
• July 10 Kent Jager
• July 17 Ann Dobie
• July 24 Lee Meyer
• July 31 Carol Garrett
• Aug. 7 George Karst
• Aug. 14 Oliver Rzycki