USAO News Bureau

Weber to preview European organ concert at Holy Name

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dr. Stephen Weber is scheduled to present a concert of music on the pipe organ beginning at 7:30 p.m. on March 10 at Holy Name Catholic Church.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Weber is a professor of music and chair of the arts and humanities division at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The concert will be a preview of the performance he is slated to give later this spring in Hungary and Poland.

Holy Name Catholic Church is located at 210 South 7th Street in Chickasha.

Weber’s concert will feature a wide range of material including historical church music, works by several American composers and original compositions.

Weber is expected to perform a similar concert this spring at Deák Tėr Evangélijs Templom in Budapest, Hungary, as part of a concert series. Weber was asked by the series organizer to present a selection of works by American composers for the organ.

Weber will present another, more informal concert at the Church of St. Martin in Krakow, Poland, and is working with contacts in Eastern Europe to schedule additional performances in Warsaw and Lublin, Poland.

Weber is excited to share his enthusiasm for the pipe organ with local and distant audiences.

I’ve had a fascination with the organ ever since I worked one summer while I was in high school for an organ rebuilding company,” Weber said. “That summer I discovered the interdisciplinary nature of the organ as it brings together math, physics, carpentry, architecture, design, metallurgy, electronics and music.”

In addition to the organ concerts in Eastern Europe, Weber has been asked to lecture for a class at a university in Budapest on the topic of church music in the United States.

Weber has been a member of USAO’s faculty since 1995. He teaches piano and piano-related courses and music technology for the music department. He is also the Mary Jo Ragan endowed professor of interdisciplinary studies at USAO and teaches Senior Seminar and World Thought III.

A graduate of Texas Tech University with a Ph.D. in fine arts, Weber has published more than 80 compositions and recorded for two compact discs on the Opus One label.

Weber was selected as the 2003 Oklahoma Musician of the Year by the Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs. He has lectured at conferences and performed in venues in the United States and Europe.

In 1997, Weber received the Board of Regents Award for Superior Teaching at USAO. In 1998, 2003 and 2011, he received the Board of Regents Award for Scholarly Activity.