On May 22, the chapter joined with Christ Episcopal Cathedral to present Dr. Hentus van Rooyen in an organ recital on the 3-manual Mohler Pipe Organ at Christ Cathedral, Salina, KS. Van Rooyen performed a program of both traditional and contemporary organ literature, including works by Buxtehude, Bach, Henk Temmingh, Merkel, and Mulet. This event was his farewell performance for the Wichita Chapter as he assumes a new position in Portland, Maine, serving as Director of Music Ministries at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, while leaving a position as professor and college organist at Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS.
Founded in 1954, the Wichita Chapter’s first Dean was the late W. Arnold Lynch. Nationally and internationally known organists and choirs the Chapter has helped sponsor in Wichita have included E. Power Biggs, Diane Bish, Catherine Crozier, Maurice & Madeleine Duruflé, Virgil Fox, Jean Langlais, the Wichita Community Children’s Choir, and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, UK.