Guest Organist to Present Recital and Workshop


The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University and the Southern Illinois Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present guest organ recitalist Dr. Anita Eggert Werling at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, in Old St. Vincent’s Church in Cape Girardeau. 

She will perform works of J.S. Bach, Franck and Litaize, among others.

Werling is professor of music at Western Illinois University in Macomb, where she teaches organ and music history.  Her degrees in organ are from Northwestern University and the University of Michigan.  As a concert organist, Werling has performed throughout the United States, and in Canada and Europe.  Among her special interests are the music of Bach, 20th century French repertoire, and music of women composers.  She won the Gruenstein National Organ Playing Competition and received critical acclaim for her recording of 19th and 20th century French organ music on the organ of Central Congregational Church in Galesburg, Ill.  In 2003, she was honored by the Western Illinois University Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for her contributions as a teacher, performer and organ consultant to area churches.

Werling will also present a workshop featuring church service music for organ by women composers at 10:30 a.m. April 17 in Old St. Vincent’s Church.  Both events are open to the public and are free. 

For more information, call Dr. Gary Miller, chair of the Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University, at (573) 651-2553.