Mercer Organist Featured in Christ Church Concert
August 16, 2007

Denise Cook
(478) 301-2933

MACON – Dr. Robert W. Parris, University Organist of Mercer University and the Charles B. Thompson Professor of Organ, Townsend School of Music of Mercer, will perform works by Mozart and Bach on the renowned C. B. Fisk organ at Christ Episcopal Church on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. at the church, located at 582 Walnut Street, downtown Macon.

The event marks the 30th anniversary of the ordination to the ministry of Dr. J. Wesley Smith, rector of Christ Church. The community is invited to attend the free concert. 

Parris, along with a string orchestra, will perform several “church” or “epistle” sonatas written by Mozart from age 11 to 18. The works originally accompanied services at the cathedral church in the composer’s native Salzburg. Parris will conclude the program with two famous works for organ solo by Bach: the Toccata and Fugue in D minor and the Toccata and Fugue in F major. 

Founded in 1825, Christ Church is the oldest congregation and place of worship in Macon. Parris has served as the church’s Choirmaster and Organist since 2004.  

About Townsend School of Music of Mercer University
Mercer is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Mercer’s Townsend School of Music and the Townsend-McAfee Institute Graduate Studies in Church Music offer undergraduate and graduate professional music studies in a comprehensive university environment. The School is nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities and is home to the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,300 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial Health University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit





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