Organist-Composer John Dixon to perform at Easton church


EASTON — On Friday, Oct 15 at 7 pm, Composer and organist John Dixon will perform a concert of original organ music on the newly installed three-manual Rodgers organ at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Easton at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15.

According to a news release, the concert is sponsored by the Mid-Shore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be received. The church is located 1210 S. Washington St.

Born in England in 1957, Dixon started piano studies at age 6. He progressed to pipe organ at age 11. His first composition for public performance was the score to an original book for a youth theatre production at the age of 16.

He did not choose to make music his major field of study but was active in music and theater while studying for the bachelor of arts degree at Oxford University and later at Harvard, where he earned a Master of Business Administration.

After moving to the United States in 1988, Dixon became a member of Providence Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, Va., where he currently serves as organist and composer-in-residence.

Early in his compositional career, he concentrated on writing anthems for choir and organ voluntaries for church use.

More recently, he has been writing for professional performers, small ensembles and full orchestra.

An active member of the American Guild of Organists, Dixon's music has been distributed at numerous annual conventions and has been performed all over the world, the release states.

Following the Oct. 15 concert, Dixon will lead a workshop on Saturday morning, Oct. 16 also at Saints Peter and Paul Church. He will use his own compositions to demonstrate creative organ playing and service planning.

This event also open to the public.

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