Jeffrey Johnson performs to benefit Friends of the Pipes

PHOTO PROVIDED Jeffrey Johnson sits at an organ.

LOCK HAVEN — Jeffrey Johnson, organist, will be featured in the first Friends of the Pipes at Great Island Winter Recital Series concert. His talent will be on display Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m. on the church organ at 12 W. Water St., Lock Haven. This is the same organ to which the historic pipes will ultimately be connected.

Johnson serves as the instructor of organ and choral program accompanist at Lycoming College. He began his career early in life and has served as a church musician for over 20 years. He served at Great Island Presbyterian Church in the past. “His ability to extemporize enhanced our worship experience on a weekly basis,” said Christina Frank who organizes the concert. “It is a delight to have him back at the organ for a full recital.”

Johnson’s program will revolve around the traditional liturgical calendar. “Much of organ repertoire was created to enhance the worship experience,” explained Frank. “It is natural that he should use this as an anchor for his program.” The addition of Alex Rowley, trumpet, on This Joyful Eastertide will augment Mr. Johnson’s performance.

Johnson studied organ at Susquehanna University as well as piano and voice at Lock Haven University. He maintains an active career as recitalist, teacher, and choral conductor. Currently, he maintains a private keyboard studio, serves as choirmaster and organist at Christ Episcopal Church, directs the Gesang Verein Harmonia Chorus, for which he had previously served as accompanist, and is accompanist for the Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra. In his free time, Jeffrey enjoys playing saxophone with Lycoming College Concert Band and other local ensembles.

Tickets are available at the door and are $15 for adults, free for all students. Proceeds benefit the historic pipe organ restoration project at the church. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the church.