The 14th Annual Piersen Lecture Series sponsored by the department of history at Fisk University will feature a performance and special presentation by Dr. Anthony Williams, Fisk Associate Professor of Music and University Organist, on February 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fisk Memorial Chapel. The Piersen Lecture Series is free and open to the public.
Dr. Williams will lecture on the contributions of Walter Holtkamp Sr., renowned organ builder and leading pioneer of the Organ Reform Movement in the United States that featured well crafted instruments with similar designs as used in the baroque era in Northern Germany. These organs included large, visible pipes allowing listeners to hear the instrument better while observing its design. Holtkamp’s company built and installed Fisk University’s pipe organ in 1960. It was his next-to-last installation before retiring in 1961.
Dr. Williams began his teaching career at Fisk in the late 1980s and served as Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers®, and became the youngest person in the history of the ensemble to hold that position. After teaching at Dillard University in New Orleans, Dr. Williams came to Fisk in 2005 as Visiting Artist in Residence following Hurricane Katrina. In addition to teaching, Dr. Williams is the Director of Music and Arts and Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee where he founded and oversees the church’s monthly concert series, the “Third Sunday Concert Series”.