Sursa Family Concert Organ
Goulding & Wood, Opus 45
Seventh Season / 2012-2013
Sursa Performance Hall / Music Instruction Building / Ball State University
Fantasie in G - Bach
Fantasia in G Minor - Bach
"Deck Thyself, My Soul, with Gladness" - Bach
Choral III in A Minor - Franck
Toccata - Barié
"On Jordan's Stormy Banks" Langlais
Song of Peace - Langlais
Gregorian Rhapsody - Langlais
"Mozart Changes" - Gárdonyi
Westminster Carillon - Vierne
The program is free and open to the public.
Joyce Finch Johnson, AAGO, is Professor Emerita of Music
and College Organist at Spelman College. From 1989 - 1994 and from 1995 - 2001
she served as Chair of the Department of Music. Having received her earliest
musical training from her mother, she later studied piano with William Duncan
Allen at Fisk University, Beryl Rubinstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music,
Jose Echaniz at the Eastman School of Music, Louis Crowder and Gui Mombaerts at
Northwestern University, from which she earned the Master of Music degree and
the Doctor of Music in Piano Performance. She studied organ with Richard Enright
and Karel Paukert at Northwestern, and David Craighead at the Eastman School of
Music. In 1989, through a rigorous certification examination, she became an
Associate of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO).
A seasoned performer, Joyce Johnson plays both solo piano and solo organ recitals. She conducts workshops, plays with chamber music groups, and accompanies distinguished artists. She has been guest piano soloist with various regional orchestras and has performed piano concerti by Franck, Liszt, Mozart, John La Montaine, and Anton Rubinstein with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Robert Shaw, Louis Lane, Michael Palmer and Christian Badea. She has concertized in Haiti, the West Indies, and Brazil where she played piano concerts in Sao Paulo as part of an international music festival (the Primeira Semana de Musica das Americas). She also was Artist-in-Residence at the Pernambuco Conservatory of Music in Recife, Brazil, and performed other concerts in that area of South America.
As an organist, she had the distinction of being the chosen organist for the nationally televised Communion Service reuniting the Northern and Southern Presbyterian churches at its 195th General Assembly of 12,000 people in Atlanta, Georgia. Later she was Assembly Organist for the Quadrennial Ecumenical Assembly of 4,000 Church Women United at Purdue University. In the summer of 1994, she was again invited to Purdue University to serve as organist for Faith Works --a United Church of Christ convention of nearly 4,000 people. In the summer of 1996 she performed in the Festival de Musique Baroque in Souvigny, France and also in Lyon as a part of a summer institute on French organ music. In the Fall of 1997 she performed an organ recital in Devonshire, Bermuda, at the Anglican Christ Church. In demand as a recitalist and workshop leader, she often lectures on African American music, arts issues in higher education, or topics related to keyboard performance and performance pedagogy.
She is professionally involved with a number of music organizations including the American Guild of Organists, the College Music Society, the Music Teachers National Association, and the National Association of Schools of Music. A recent special project was her three-year service on the United Church of Christ (UCC) Hymnal Committee resulting in the 1995 publication of The New Century Hymnal, which includes eight of her arrangements. She has board appointments and serves on review panels for local, state, and national arts organizations. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, she is a member of the Atlanta Chapter of The Links, Inc., the Utopian Literary Club, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Bronze Woman of the Year in the Arts, the Spelman College Presidential Award for Distinguished Service, The Fannie Lou Hamer Award, and awards from the Metropolitan Atlanta Music Association, the National Association of Negro Musicians, and the National Black Music Caucus. Most recently she was recognized as a Lexus Leader in the Arts.
Organ Events 2012-2013
Doctor of Arts recital: Cindy Romano, Friday, January 11, 7:30 p.m.
Masterclass: Paul Jacobs, Chair, Organ Department, Juilliard School of Music, Saturday, February 23, 10:00 p.m.
Guest Artist: Paul Jacobs, Chair, Organ Department, Juilliard School of Music, Sunday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.
Guest Artist: Joyce Johnson, Professor Emerita, Spelman College, Sunday, April 7, 4:00 p.m.
Ball State Chamber Choir and Concert Choir, Andrew Crow, conductor, including Berstein's Chichester Psalms, Kirby Koriath, organ, Sunday, April 21, 3:00 p.m.
Organ Events 2011-2012
Organ Events 2010-2011
Guest Artist: Rubin Abdoullin, dean, Conservatory of Music, Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.
Junior Organ Recital, Bahar Annadurdiyeva, Monday, January 10, 5:30 p.m.
Senior Organ Recital, Madelin Foster, Tuesday, February 15, 5:30 p.m.
Ball State Concert Choir, Andrew Crow, conductor, including Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Kirby Koriath, organ, Friday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Guest Artist: Paul Jacobs, Chair, Organ Department, Juilliard School of Music, Sunday, April 17, 4:00 p.m.
Organ Events 2009-2010
Guest Artist: Peter Richard Conte, Grand Court Organist, Wanamaker Organ, Philadelphia’s Macy’s department store, Sunday, January 24, 3:00 p.m.
New Music Festival, Europa Fanfare for wind ensemble with organ, Charles Reader, conductor, Kirby Koriath, organ, February 12.
Organ Events 2008-2009
Guest artist: Rubin Abdoullin, dean, Conservatory of Music, Kazan, Russia, Sunday, November 9, 3:00 p.m.
Guest artist: Karen Schneider-Kirner, Assistant Organist, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame, Monday, March 16, 8:00 p.m.
Ball State Symphony Orchestra, Bohuslav Rattay, conductor, Kirby Koriath, organ - Saint-Saens Organ Symphony, April 30.
Organ Events 2007-2008
Guest artist: Samuel Porter, Sunday, October 14, 2007, 3:00 p.m.
Guest recital: Caroline Smith, soprano; Carla Edwards, organ, Sunday, November 11, 2007, 8:00 p.m.
Guest artist: Yoon-Mi Lim, Sunday, April 13, 2008, 3:00 p.m.
Inaugural Organ Series 2006-2007
Ad from October 2006 TAO showing inaugural series.
Program copy for James David Christie inaugural recital, with Ann Sursa Carney, October 22 (This program includes the organ specification).
Program copy for Kirby Koriath recital, Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
Program copy for Scott Montgomery recital, Sunday, March 25, 2007, 4:00 p.m.
Photos of the organ, Sursa Performance Hall, and the Music Instruction Building
Driving directions to Ball State University, Campus map. The Music Instruction Building (MIB) is on the southeast corner of Riverside and McKinley, item #52 on the map. Best parking is in the parking structure directly south of the MIB, #58. Parking is free after 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Kirby L. Koriath, DMA
Professor Emeritus of Organ and Church Music
School of Music
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306