New Music for Organ & Percussion
George Ritchie and Albert Rometo
About the Performers
George Ritchie is head of the Organ Department and Professor of Organ at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Prior to this appointment he was Chapel Organist at Duke University. Dr. Ritchie has played concerts throughout the United States and in Europe. He is noted for performances that reflect a sensitive use of performance practices of various stylistic periods from the 17th century to the present. He is co-author, with George Stauffer, of the book Organ Technique: Modern and Early, and his other recordings for Titanic Records include Organ Works of J. S. Bach (Ti-158) and Four New American Organs by Bedient (Ti-176).
He has studied with Helmut Walcha in Frankfurt and André Isoir in Paris and was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at Harvard in a seminar on J. S. Bach under the direction of the noted Bach scholar Christoph Wolff. His other teachers have included Robert Baker, Raymond Boese, Vernon de Tar, Clyde Holloway, and Leslie Spelman. He is represented as a concert artist by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.
Albert Rometo is Professor of Percussion and Vice Director of the School of Music at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He is active as a traditional percussionist and as a timpanist, jazz/show drummer, clinician and adjudicator at both the state and national levels.
Mr. Rometo's teachers have included Dr. Gary Olmstead at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and William Platt of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has studied with Richard Holmes, Principal Timpanist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He received a B.S.Ed. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Music degree from Ohio University-Athens.
Assisting in the performance of The Enigma Syncopations are the following members of the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln: John Bailey, flute; Rusty White, contrabass.
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