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Music club presents talented organist
by Kimberly Shelton
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Wondrous sounds will echo through the beautifully renovated sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Corinth on Thursday as the Corinth Music Club presents the next in their series of Mid-Morning Concerts.

The 11 a.m. concert will feature Dr. Ray Harris of Booneville, who will perform a short program on the organ.

A 3 manual Schantz pipe organ, the instrument Harris will be playing on was built in 1974 and renovated in 2014 by the Milnar Organ Company in Eagleville, Tenn.

A man of great musical talent, Dr. Harris currently serves as the Academic Division Head for the Division of Fine Arts at Northeast Mississippi Community, and teaches piano and Music Appreciation. He also serves as faculty advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on campus.

He has been chosen as Humanities Teacher of the Year at NEMCC, has been named as a TOPP teacher and has represented the college at the state capital as a HEADWAE honoree.

In addition to his duties at the college, Dr. Harris has served as organist for First Presbyterian Church of Tupelo for 22 years and has even recorded a CD of organ music on the Letourneau Pipe Organ at the church.

Dr. Harris holds a Bachelor and Master of Music Education Degree from Mississippi State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University. A member of the American Guild of Organists and the Mississippi Music Teachers Association, he has served as Vice President for Public Relations.In addition to Dr. Harris’ renditions, Pastor Roger Shock of First United Methodist Church of Corinth will do a brief dedication of the organ renovation prior to the program.

During the concert, Dr. Harris will perform the following selections:

• Voluntary on “Old Hundredth” by Henry Purcell

• Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by J. S. Bach

• Meditation on the Irish Tune Slane by Eric Thimann

• Suite Gothique, Op. 25 by Léon Boëllmann

Chorale

Menuet Gothique

Prayer

Toccata

"'Music Makes Life Better' is our Corinth Music Club theme this year," said Music Club member William McMullin. "Because the First United Methodist Church had the vision to make their pipe organ better, the opportunity for music appreciation in our town will be better. We invite everyone to experience this grand occasion as Dr. Harris dedicates the renovated instrument.”

Free and open to the public, all are welcome to attend the club’s Mid-Morning Concerts.

Organized in 1922, the Corinth Music Club is a member of the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs.
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