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Halloween Theme for Faculty Organ Recital

Organ Recital_2019_300.pngCONWAY, Ark. (October 9, 2019) — A Halloween-themed faculty recital featuring Hendrix College organist Timothy Allen is set for Monday, October 28, at 8 p.m. in Greene Chapel. The recital is free and open to the public.

The program will feature popular organ works listeners often associate with ghosts, ghouls, or monsters, including the Toccata and Fugue in D minor by J.S. Bach, “Danse Macabre” by Saint-Saens, “Ride of the Valkyries” by Wagner, “Funeral March of a Marionette” by Gounod, and “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Grieg. There will be also be music from the 2014 movie Godzilla.

Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes, said Allen, who will perform in costume.

For details, contact Dr. John Krebs at 501-450-1245 or

About Timothy Allen

Timothy Allen was born and brought up in St. Albans, England. He attended St. Albans School and continued his music studies at Cambridge University, where he was the Organ Scholar at Gonville and Caius College. He studied with Nicolas Kynaston while obtaining a master’s degree. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

In 1986, Allen was appointed as Assistant Organist at Chelmsford Cathedral in Essex where his accompaniment of the Cathedral Choir on broadcasts and recordings was highly acclaimed. In 1991, he moved to Northern Ireland as Organist at St. Columb’s Cathedral in Londonderry.

As well as reviving the choir of men and boys at the Cathedral, Allen co-founded the Two Cathedrals Festival with his colleague at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Derry, Donal Doherty. With its programs of international artists and its emphasis on breaking down religious barriers in the Province, the Festival became Northern Ireland’s premier music event, winning awards and attracting the personal support of Prime Minister, John Major. He also served as City Organist in Derry and was President of the Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters from 1998-2000.

In 2001, Allen flew across the Atlantic to take up residence in St. Louis, Missouri, where he served in a large Episcopal Church for five years. It was there that he met Christine Westhoff, whom he married in 2004. In 2006, Tim was appointed Canon Precentor of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock, where he founded and directed a Choir School program at the Cathedral School. In 2012, he moved across town to be Organist and Choirmaster at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, where he directs a growing choral and instrumental program.

Allen is an experienced service player, recitalist, clinician, examiner, choral conductor and continuo player. He has worked with the Arkansas Chamber Singers and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and is currently the Organist at Hendrix College. He is a member of the Arts on Tour Roster with the Arkansas Arts Council and is represented by Concert Artists Co-operative. He can be heard on three CDs: Ora Pro Nobis, Hark! and Glory Hallelujah! with soprano Christine Westhoff.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit