The Corinth Music Club will present Bevin Wilder at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church located at 501 Main Street in Corinth for a free performance as part of their Mid-Morning Concert Series.
“Our November program celebrates American Music Month and is held a week early due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Corinth Music Club will resume its Mid-Morning Concert series in January, 2018,” said Bobbi Campbell, Corinth Music Club Member.
In celebration of American Music Month, Wilder will be sharing a short program ranging from some of the earliest works available for organ from the very beginnings of the nation, to more contemporary settings of hymns arranged by American composers, with just a little history sprinkled in for good measure, said Wilder.
Some pieces included in the program include “Variations to the Sicilian Hymn,” by Carr and “Allegro Maestoso,” by Thayer, from the first century of American organ music, as well as settings of hymns that have been popular in all different eras of American history. Works by more contemporary composers will also be featured, including Meditation on “Adoration” by Bock, “Aria,” by Manz, and Recessional on “St. Anne” by Young.
Wilder received a bachelor of music with an emphasis in organ performance from Blue Mountain College in 1990, and a master of music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1993. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ray Gregory, the wife of Royce Wilder, who serves as the associate pastor of worship and music at First Baptist, and the mother to three amazing young Wilders who are growing much too quickly.
In addition to being a wife, homeschool mom, piano teacher and leader in the local homeschool association, Wilder has served as the organist at First Baptist Church, Corinth, for the past 16 years. She said she maintains a great affection for this “king of instruments,” and is extremely thankful to God for giving her this voice to use in worship weekly at First Baptist.
The free concerts of the Mid-Morning Concert Series are sponsored by the Corinth Music Club, a member of the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs since 1924.