Organ Series to showcase local talent

Local churches have long employed talented musicians who too often showcase their talents only on Sundays, said Kathleen Cartledge, the organist of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aiken.

She also is the coordinator of the Westobou Festival Organ Series, an event to showcase local organists in front of a broader festival audience.

"People think of the organ as a church instrument, but it can do so many styles of music," Ms. Cartledge said. "There is a lot of wonderful, vibrant music to be heard."

Admission is free to all of the Organ Series recitals. Go to for more information.

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Keith Shafer

WHO: Mr. Shafer has served as the director of music and organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church since 1983 and holds the standing-room-only luncheon series, Tuesday's Music Live.

WHEN: 4 p.m. today

WHERE: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.

Alvin Blount

WHO: The Augusta native is the director of music and the organist at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church. In addition to their three recordings, his parish has performed at the annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., and has performed abroad.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Monday

WHERE: St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.

David Lowry

WHO: The organist at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Columbia is also a professor of music at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., and a former president of the Association of Anglican Musicians.

WHEN: Noon Friday

WHERE: St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.

Nancy Sutton

WHO: Director of music and organist of Catholic Church of the Most Holy Trinity

WHEN: 2 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Church of the Most Holy Trinity, 811 Telfair St.

Kathleen Cartledge

WHO: The director of music and organist at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aiken is also an Augusta State University graduate.

WHEN: Noon Tuesday

WHERE: Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 825 Greene St.



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