MC professor emeritus Dr. James Bloy performs ‘An Evening of Organ Music' April 2

March 15, 2004
Karen B. Eldridge, Director of News and Public Information

Dr. James Bloy, professor emeritus at Maryville College, will present “An Evening of Organ Music” at 8 p.m., April 2 in the Fine Arts Center Music Hall.

The performance is free and open to the public. Works by German, French, Russian, British and American composers are on the program. Pieces include Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in B minor,” Cesar Franck’s “Choral No. 1 in E major” and three dances from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite:” “Marche Characteristique,” “Arabian Dance” and “Chinese Dance.”

Bloy, who began teaching music at the College in 1953, became a professor in 1969 and served as chairman of the College’s Fine Arts Division from 1980 until 1990. He retired in 1993.

He earned bachelor’s degrees in art and music from North Central College in Illinois, and a master’s degree in music from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied piano with Cecil Genhart and organ with Harold Gleason. He earned a doctorate in sacred music from the School of Sacred Music of Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he studied with Robert Baker. Post-graduate work includes time spent at Harvard University and at New College and All Souls College at Oxford University. In 1958, Bloy studied organ at Frankfurt, Germany, with Helmut Walcha. Bloy’s other influential instructors include C. C. Pouney and Seth Bingham.

He has been a member of the Knoxville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for almost 50 years and has served as organist and choir director for numerous area churches, including First Presbyterian Church and Church of the Ascension in Knoxville. Before retiring in 2001, he was the organist at Broadway United Methodist Church in Maryville for 25 years.

Currently, Bloy serves on the advisory board of the Orchestra at Maryville College: A College and Community Ensemble.

For more information on the April 2 performance, contact the College’s Division of Fine Arts at 865.981.8150.