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Jehan Alain Centennial Recordings


Works of Jehan Alain (1911-1940) recorded on the organs of the University of Michigan by students of James Kibbie in honor of the centennial of the composer’s birth


Deuils from Trois danses (1937-1940)

Pour honorer une mémoire héroïque

(to honor an heroic memory)

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E.M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Organ, Hill Auditorium

Richard Newman

Doctoral student in Organ: Church Music

NewmanRichard Newman is a native of Copperhill, Tennessee and attended St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, Sewanee, Tennessee, where he studied organ with Robert Delcamp.  Mr. Newman is a 2006 graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where he earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance as a student of Huw Lewis.  In May 2005, he was a choral singer and organist for the Hope College Chapel Choir European Tour, playing organs throughout France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.  Recently, he accompanied the choirs of All Saints Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, for their tour to Gloucester, Hereford, and Worcester Cathedrals in England.

Mr. Newman is a doctoral student at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where he is in the organ class of James Kibbie and a harpsichord student of Edward Parmentier. Before his appointment as Associate Organist at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit, Mr. Newman was Organ Scholar at Detroit's St. John’s Episcopal Church.  His interests include making ecclesiastical incense, promoting new music for the organ, and studying the life and works of Olivier Messiaen.

Croix de guerre

The Croix de guerre, awarded posthumously to Jehan Alain for exceptional bravery in the battle of Saumur, June 20, 1940

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower