Organist to perform at Presbyterian Church

| April 25, 2019

COSHOCTON – Internationally-known organist Terry McCandless will be performing at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this free event, which is held in conjunction with the Pomerene Center for the Arts annual Dogwood Festival.

McCandless will be playing the Engle Organ at The Coshocton Presbyterian Church, a tracker-action organ, built by the Taylor and Boody Company. The organ was a gift to the church from Joe R. Engle, and was dedicated May 20, 1979. This concert will celebrate the 40th anniversary of this gift. This historic organ is similar to instruments J. S. Bach would have played.

McCandless’s concert on May 5 will feature contrasting 18th and 19th century music from northern and southern Germany. A Boehm ‘Partita’ will feature variations on organ and harpsichord. There will also be chorales, a praeludium, a J. S. Bach fugue, several harpsichord pieces, as well as some lighthearted pieces such as J.C.F. Bach’s variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”.

“Terry McCandless is an artist, playing music with skill and attention to detail,” said Alice Hoover, organist at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church. “He is dedicated to sharing his love for organ music with his congregation, his audiences and particularly with his students.”

Concert performances have taken McCandless to venues across the United States, Holland and Germany. Currently, he is minister of music at Epiphany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pickerington, Ohio. He is also on the faculty of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he teaches organ, harpsichord, and piano.

McCandless received a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis on organ from Southern Adventist University, and a Master of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Tennessee. While still in undergraduate school, he began studying with master musicians in Europe, a practice he continues today. He specializes in the performance of Baroque and Classical music on historic instruments.

“Terry’s concert performances express his love of music, his respect for composers and his great appreciation for the organ as his instrument of choice,” said Hoover.

Coshocton Presbyterian Church is located at 142 N. 4th Street (on the corner of Chestnut and North Fourth Streets). There is ample parking and the building is handicapped accessible. For more information, call the Coshocton Presbyterian Church at (740) 622-0486 or visit

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