Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Make a Joyful Noise - Welcoming our new Organist

Alvez T. Barkoskie IV is a native of Saint Augustine, FL and has gained much musical experience

through collaborating at Liturgies and numerous recitals throughout Northern and Central Florida.

Mr. Barkoskie is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in Composition with a second

concentration in Organ Performance at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies composition with

Donald Grantham and organ with Gerre Hancock, Organist and Master of Choristers emeritus at

Saint Thomas Church of New York. Other activities in the Austin area include singing in the UT Concert

Chorale, accompanying UT vocalists, teaching piano at Albertson Music School and serving as Organist

at St. James Episcopal Church in Taylor, Texas.

Barkoskie recently left his position as the Principal Organist at San Sebastian Catholic Church in

Saint Augustine, where he accompanied for two choirs, under the Direction of Sister Marie Therese

Evrard, SSJ, to study at UT. He has held positions as Organist at All Saints Episcopal Church in

Enterprise, Florida, Organist at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Mill Creek, Florida and

Organist and Choir Director at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church in Elkton, Florida. In April 2008, he was

invited to play a recital at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, with two other organists, for the Jacksonville

Chapter of the American Guild of Organists at their New Member Recital and in January of the following

year he played with other Jacksonville organists in Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times Union Center.

Barkoskie recently graduated, with honors, from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, where he

received a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance as well as in Theory and Composition. He

studied organ and harpsichord with Boyd Jones, a graduate of Stetson and Yale Universities and he

studied composition with Sydney Hodkinson, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the

University of Michigan. He has also studied composition with Manuel de Murga, piano with Michael

Rickman, collaborative piano with Kristie Born and has coached with Kenneth Griffiths and Juilliard staff

accompanist, Linda Mark.

While at Stetson, Barkoskie collaborated with the University Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic

Band, Concert Choir, Stetson Men, Choral Union, Jazz Band, Jazz Combos and numerous voice

students. Upon completion of his first year at Stetson he was named a 2004-2005 Outstanding

Freshmen in the School of Music. In the spring of 2007 he was accepted into the National Music Honor

Society, Pi Kappa Lambda and in the spring of 2009 his choral composition “Far in the distance the

majestic mountain sighs” received an Award of Excellence from the Stetson University Touchstone 2009

Literary Journal.

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