The Wayne State Department of Music presents \"Hamburger Helpers: A recital pastiche of northern German Baroque music for oboe and organ\"

September 10, 2009

  Dr. Norah Duncan IV
 Dr. Eldonna May

This fall, Dr. Norah Duncan IV, organ, and Dr. Eldonna May, oboe, present two unique concerts featuring Hamburger Suite (Johann Christian Schickhardt 1680-1763), Partita I in C (Johann Wilhelm Hertel 1727-89), Choralvorspiele (Dietrich Buxtehude 1637-1707), along with works of Handel, Bach, Lubeck and Telemann.

The first performance is Sunday, Sept. 20, 4 p.m. at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Grosse Pointe Woods as part of the church's "Music in the Woods" concert series. A suggested donation of $10 will support the WSU Department of Music scholarship fund and the restoration fund for St. Michael's new acquisition of a E.M. Skinner Opus 705 organ.

Built in 1929, the organ was given to St. Michael's by the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan after the closing of St. Columba Episcopal Church in Detroit. The organ will be restored by the Muller Organ Company of Croton, Ohio. St. Michael's is located at 20475 Sunningdale Park. For more information, call (586) 465-8166.

The second performance is Friday, Oct. 9 at 11:45 a.m. in Wayne State's Community Arts Auditorium (CAA). This is the second on-campus organ performance in five years, as the CAA organ is currently undergoing restoration. This concert is free and open to the public. CAA is located at 5451 Cass Ave.

For more information please call (313) 577-1795 or visit

Dr. Duncan is Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Music at Wayne State University, and the Area Coordinator for Organ Performance. Duncan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Detroit, a Master of Music degree from Wayne State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He is a multi-faceted musician performing extensively as an organist in both the United States and Europe. He directs the WSU Concert Choral and has prepared choruses for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and other choral ensembles.

Dr. May is a member of the music faculty at Wayne State where she teaches music history and humanities. She holds a Bachelor of Music in performance (oboe) and a Master of Music in musicology from Wayne State University, as well as a PhD in musicology from Michigan State University. She studied oboe and English horn with Arno Mariotti (U of M), Donald Baker (DSO), Robert Sorton (Ohio State U) and John Mack (Cleveland Institute). She is an active performer, clinician and studio teacher in the metropolitan Detroit area, and has appeared regularly with the Michigan Opera Theater, Birmingham-Bloomfield, Dearborn, Warren, Plymouth and Traverse Symphony Orchestras as well as with the Frederick DeHaven Chorale, Brazeal Dennard Chorale, and the Metropolitian Detroit Chorale festival orchestras.

Founded in 1918, Wayne State University's Department of Music has earned a reputation for excellence in the US and abroad. Many members of the music faculty, including musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and some of the area's finest jazz and vocal artists, have toured throughout the world as performers, clinicians, conductors and composers. Likewise, students in the department's ensembles have won international competitions, toured Europe and Asia, and enjoyed repeated invitations to perform at major festivals and conferences. The department also is known for its preparation of music educators.

Wayne State University is a premier institution of higher education offering more than 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 31,000 students in Detroit.