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Hawkeye organist in concert at Sondheim center Tuesday

Nov 08, 2017

As part of the Sondheim Organ Music Spotlight Series, Dalaie Choi will present a program featuring Pachelbel, Bach and Bolcom on the Barhydt Organ, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

Dalaie Choi is a native of Seoul, South Korea, and a doctoral student at the University of Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Music at Yonsei University, where she studied church music with a major in choral conducting with Haeok Eunice Bang-Kim. She also holds minors in organ and voice. She received her Master of Music degree in music history at Yonsei University, and she was awarded a University Fellowship for her graduate studies.

Choi held a teaching assistant position in the university’s music history department and a research assistant position at Yonsei Institute of Music Research.

While at Yonsei University, Choi participated in multiple music festivals, such as the Oregon Bach Festival and Stuttgart Oregon Bach Festival, and was able to expand her understanding of Bach. Choi has been active as a choir member throughout Korea and Europe including famous concert halls in Germany, such as KurHaus in Weisbaen and GewandHaus in Leipzig.

After moving to the United States, she studied music history as a master student at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2009, she transferred to the University of Iowa, primarily studying organ music, and received her second master’s degree in 2012. During her time at Iowa, she received the Church Music Certificate for additional theological studies.

As an organist, she has performed at many venues throughout the United States and Europe, most notably: Santa Maria del Coro, Cavaillé-Coll organ in Spain and Michealskirche, Sauer Organ Leipzig, Germany. She participated in master classes with several accomplished organists, including Paul Jacobs, Delbert Disselhorst and James Higdon.

She had performed a rededication recital for the repaired organ at First Congregational Church in Moline in 2013. In addition, she was interviewed and performed on KWQC news’ “Fran Reilly Features.”

She was invited as an organ fellow to the Oregon Bach Festival, featuring Paul Jacobs, in both 2015 and 2016. She performed a showcase recital at the Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon, and performed at the Sinsinawa Summer Organ Concert Series in Wisconsin. She also played for a special Mass at Little Flower Catholic Church in Bethesda, Maryland. Recently she performed an organ recital at Cornell College in Mount Vernon; the Lenten Organ Recital Series at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Davenport; and also performed at First Presbyterian Church, Davenport.

Choi, as a doctoral student, currently studies organ with Dr. Gregory Hand at the University of Iowa, and an organist at Timonium United Methodist Church, Timonium, Maryland.

Tickets are $18. Members of the Fairfield Concert Association gain admission with proof of their membership card. Youth and students are free.

For more information contact the convention center ticket office, 472-2787 or visit www.FairfieldACC.com.

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