Organist Su-Ryeon Ji will present an organ performance for the Beeville Concert Association on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 311 E. Corpus Christi Street.
The event has been designated the Cathryn Berninger Concert, in recognition of her generosity to the BCA and is co-sponsored by the St. Philip’s “Music in the Nave” concert series.
Ji’s program, including spectacular selections composed by Bach, Buxtehude, Thalben-Ball and Clerambault, will be performed on the St. Philip’s Barnhart Memorial Organ.
A native of Korea, Ji is known for her captivating performances. She was winner of the American Guild of Organists Competition for Young Organists and was asked to perform at the AGO National Convention, a performance which was broadcast nationwide. She has presented numerous recitals throughout the U.S., Europe and South Korea. The talented young organist returns to Beeville for her third performance.
Her music studies in the U.S. began in 1992, when she enrolled at A.C. Jones High School. She studied organ with local music teacher Patricia Powers. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Texas at Austin under the instruction of Dr. Frank Speller. Ji received her Master’s Degree in Organ Performance and graduate certificate at the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at theUniversityofSouthern Californiaas a student of Cherry Rhodes. Upon her Master’s graduation, she became a pupil of Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where she explored various historic organs.
She has participated in master classes with Anthony Newman, Olivier Latry, Jean Guillou, David Craighead, Marilyn Keiser, Alan Morrison, Pierre Pincemaille, Kimberly Marshall, Gillian Weir (at the Calgary International Organ Festival) and Harald Feller (in Munich). She also taught at the Sacred Music Institute in South Korea.
Currently, she is completing her doctoral studies in organ performance on a full scholarship with Cherry Rhodes at the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at theUniversityofSouthern California.
The concert is free to all students through high school age, to Coastal Bend College students with their photo IDs, and to any adult who brings two children or young people through high school age to the concert. Other adults who do not hold BCA season tickets will pay $10 at the door.