USC Upstate Music Instructor To Perform For Famed Organist

February 18, 2010 at 10:16 am

David Guthrie, adjunct instructor of music and director of University Singers & Chamber Choir at the University of South Carolina Upstate, is among the performers scheduled to play for Dr. Paul Jacobs, head of the organ department at The Juilliard School, on Saturday, February 20. Jacobs will be conducting a pipe organ master class at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Greenville from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Guthrie studies organ with Dr. Leon Couch, a faculty member of the Petrie School of Music at Converse College. Couch recommended Guthrie for the Saturday performance.

Jacobs, who has given pipe organ performances on five continents, has an extensive repertoire that includes music from the 16th Century through contemporary times. He is well-known for playing demanding programs exclusively from memory, such as Olivier Messiaen, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Cesar Franck, and  Louis Vierne. Jacobs was the first organist to be given the Harvard Musical Association’s Arthur W. Foote Award in 2004 and he received the Yale School of Music‘s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. In 2007 he was awarded the William Schuman Scholars Chair at The Juilliard School.

For more information, contact David Guthrie at (864) 503-5299 or