Music Recital in Celebration of The Marian Chapel Organ and Piano Oct. 17th


SCRANTON, PA-October 15, 2008 Marywood University announces the Music Recital in Celebration of The Marian Chapel Organ and Piano, which will take place in the Marian Chapel, Swartz Center for Spiritual Life, on Friday, October 17, at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Canon Mark Laubach, Rick Hoffenberg, and the Marywood University Chamber Singers will perform the program in celebrating the donations of a new Peragallo pipe organ and a Steinway grand piano for the Marian Chapel.

The Marian Chapel Pipe Organ, OPUS 681, was donated by Marie Terrota Roche '52, an esteemed alumna of Marywood's music program, and her family. The pipe organ, from the Peragallo Pipe Organ Company is one of two manual and pedal design, including a total of 974 speaking pipes across 27 ranks of pipes augmented with 19 digitally sampled stops for a total of 52 ranks.

The Steinway grand piano was donated by the Furey Family. This gift was presented by Mrs. Ellen W. Furey (M.A. '76) to honor her children: Sandy A. Furey, III M.D., who studied organ at Marywood, Julie Ann Furey '84; and her late husband and Marywood Trustee, Sandy A. Furey, M.D. In August 2006, Music Department Administrator, the late Dr. Joseph Fields led a group of Marywood University representatives and benefactor Mrs. Ellen Fury to the Steinway and Sons factory in New York City, where they selected the piano.

About the performers:

Canon Mark Laubach, Organist and Choirmaster of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre, has been known and respected throughout the United States and abroad as a brilliant recitalist with unique gifts in programming, registration, virtuosity, and expressive nuance. He has performed in notable concert venue in the U.S. and in Great Britain. In June 2007, he performed in various venues in Germany while on tour with choirs from Marywood University and Wyoming Seminary. His recordings, all on the Pro Organo label, include, Teutonic Titanics, 1995; French Fest, 1997; and Mosaics in Sound, 2006. Mr. Laubach continues a busy schedule of teaching and coaching private organ students and organ and church students enrolled at Marywood University. He also has presented master classes, leads hymn festivals, and presents workshops and lectures on such topics as liturgical planning, hymnody, basic improvisation, pastoral care through music, and service playing skills. He holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

Rick Hoffenberg serves as Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Music, and Director of the Marywood Chamber Singers at Marywood University. Prior to this appointment, he held choral directorships at the University of Northern Iowa, Williams College in Massachusetts, served as Principal Assistant Conductor of Yale Camerata, and Assistant Conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum at Yale University.

Mr. Hoffenberg has spent the past ten summers at Chautauqua Opera, where he is a pianist and conductor on the music staff.  He has also worked in various capacities for New York City Opera, BMG Classics, Columbia Artists Management, the Milken Archive, and Spoleto Festival USA. As a pianist, he has performed at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Music Institute of Chicago, and Rockefeller Chapel in New York City. In addition, Richardson Auditorium, Taplin Auditorium, and Bristol Chapel, all in Princeton, New Jersey.  He holds degrees from Princeton University, Yale University, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

The Marywood Chamber Singers is an a cappella, mixed-voice student ensemble. The group performs both on and off campus. Major activities include the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival in October, a candlelight Christmas concert in December, a short spring tour, and the annual Rotunda Rug Concert in late spring. The group also is available for hire to sing for various community functions.