The Monday Night Music series at McDaniel College presents "The Organic Trombone" with Ted Dix, organ, and James Ryon, trombone, Monday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. The concert, which will showcase solo and duet pieces for trombone and pipe organ, takes place in Baker Memorial Chapel.
Together, Dix and Ryon will be performing Petr Eben’s “Two Invocations,” Hector Berlioz’s “Recitative and Prayer,” and Giulio Caccini’s “Ave Maria.” Dix and Ryon will also be joined by a choir of guest trombonists for several selections, including J.S. Bach’s “Passacaglia,” arranged by Hunsberger and Vaclav Nelhybel’s “Tower Music.”
Tandy Edward (Ted) Dix received his undergraduate degree in organ performance from Towson University, where he was a second prize winner in the Peggy Friedmann Gordon Music Competition and a student of Dr. Thomas Spacht. He then obtained the Master of Music degree in organ performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, where he was a student of Eugene Roan and a winner in the Graduate Organ Competition. He was later awarded the Master of Music in Music Theory Pedagogy degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he also conducted post-graduate study in organ performance with Donald Sutherland. He has also performed in master classes with world-renown performing artists Marie-Claire Alain, David Higgs, and Dame Gillian Weir, and has produced a live CD, Music for Organ and Orchestra.
Dix currently resides in Westminster, where he is the Organist and Director of Traditional Music and Music Ministry Development at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and teaches courses in Music Appreciation, Aural Musicianship, Music Theory, and private organ study at Carroll Community and McDaniel Colleges. He is also the accompanist of the Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County and is a member of a concert artists group entitled East West Organists.
James Ryon, a native of Waldorf, Maryland, earned his Bachelor of Music Education from East Carolina Universityin 1966. He then entered the military service where he played in the 324th US Army Band at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland.
Following military service, Dr. Ryon entered graduate school at the Peabody Conservatory where he earned the Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance in 1971. While studying in Baltimore, Dr. Ryon began his career as a professional trombonist, performing as extra and substitute trombone with the Baltimore Symphony and playing for Broadway shows, jazz and rock bands, concert bands and solo recitals. During that time period, Jim worked with such names in the entertainment field as Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink, Glen Campbell, James Brown and Elvis Presley and the Ringling Brothers Circus Band. In 1977, Jim co-founded the Chesapeake Brass Quintet, one of the first groups of it kind to exist in the Baltimore area. The CBQ still exists and continues to maintain a busy schedule.
From 1984 through 1997, Ryon served as principal trombonist with the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony, and has also performed with the Lancaster Symphony, the Maryland Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony. Dr. Ryon currently performs with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra and the Shippensburg Summer Festival Orchestra. He has served as Trombone Professor at Shepherd for two years and holds similar posts at Gettysburg College and McDaniel College.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-857-2599.
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