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Award-Winning Organist Jonathan Rudy Kicking Off Performing Arts Series with Special Sunday Concert

September 23, 2014


Young Musical Talent: Jonathan Rudy won this summer’s American Guild of Organists’ 2014 National Young Artists Competition, the Guild’s premiere young organist challenge.

One award-winning organist will give homage to another inspirational musician and educator in a special afternoon of music on Sunday, September 28, in Rose-Hulman’s Hatfield Hall Theater, starting at 3 p.m.

Talented young organist Jonathan Rudy will be featured in a concert, sponsored by the Alfred R. Schmidt Artistic Fund, kicking off Rose-Hulman’s 2014-15 Performing Arts Series.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for youths.

Rudy is an Indiana University Jacobs School of Music doctoral student who this summer won the audience prize and first prize in organ performance at the American Guild of Organists’ 2014 National Young Artists Competition, the Guild’s premiere young organist challenge. Part of his prize includes two years of concert management and assistance in career development from Karen McFarlane Artists.

"Jonathan has a deep musicianship and a compelling vibrancy in his playing," says his music teacher Janette Fishell, chair of the Jacobs School’s organ department. "The next two years of his life will be amazing, and I hope he enjoys every performing opportunity coming his way. He's certainly earned it.”

Many Wabash Valley residents are already familiar with Rudy’s immense musical talents, as he has served as organist for Terre Haute’s Central Presbyterian Church during the past two years.

Rudy completed his undergraduate degree at Valparaiso University, studying organ and sacred music, and then went onto IU for his master’s degree in music performance. He began his musical career as a youth studying the piano from his mother, Melinda Rudy, in Batavia, Ill.

At Rose-Hulman, Rudy will be playing a one-of-a-kind organ provided by Schmidt, an inspirational mathematics professor on campus for 46 years. The Allen Renaissance R-380 organ features the world’s first programmable stop list, and has SoundMatrix technology and virtual acoustics features ranging from pipe chamber to cathedral sounds.

Schmidt was the Rose Glee Club’s organist for 35 years, and played the organ at Rose-Hulman commencements from 1959 until his retirement in 1995.

Tickets for all Performing Arts Series shows can be purchased online, calling the Hatfield Hall ticket office at 812-877-8544, or visiting the office from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays and noon-5 p.m. on Saturday.


Alfred R. Schmidt Memorial Concert
Featuring Organist Jonathan Rudy
Sunday, September 28, 3 p.m.
Hatfield Hall Theater
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Ave. – Terre Haute
Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for youths
For tickets go to; call 812-877-8544; or visit the Hatfield Hall ticket office from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and noon-5 p.m. on Saturday