Featuring Organists Eric Miller and Robert Foster
Recorded on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
This concert recording is posted with the permission of the artists.
The E. M. Skinner organ at St. Michael’s was originally designed
for St. Columba Episcopal Church in Detroit, Michigan.
The instrument is Opus #705, and was installed in 1928.
It was dedicated at St. Michael’s on November 14, 2015.
Part 1 – Robert Foster
1. Prelude in Classic Style – Gordon Young (1919-1998)
2. Fugue in G Minor (BWV 578) – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
3. Ave Maria von Arcadelt – Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
4. Sonata No. 6 in D Minor (Opus 65) – Chorale and Variations 1-4 – Felix Mendelsohn (1809-1847) (Variation 1 – Andante sostenuto, Variation 2, Variation 3, Variation 4 – Allegro molto)
5. Sonata No. 6 in D Minor (Opus 65) – Fugue – Felix Mendelsohn (1809-1847)
6. Sonata No. 6 in D Minor (Opus 65) – Finale: Andante – Felix Mendelsohn (1809-1847)
Part 2 – Eric Miller
7. Fanfare in D – Jacque-Nicolas Lemmens (1823-1881)
8. Jesus, Still Lead On – Paul Manz (1919-2009)
9. Rigaudon – Andre Campra (1660-1744)
10. Arioso – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
11. Suite Gothique – Chorale & Minuet – Leon Boellmann (1862-1897)
12. Suite Gothique – Priere a Notre-Dame – Leon Boellmann (1862-1897)
13. Suite Gothique – Toccata – Leon Boellmann (1862-1897)
Part 3 – Eric and Robert
14. Now Thank We All Our God – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Eric Miller has been the Senior Choir Director of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church since 1994. In 2014 he also took on the position of organist at St. Paul’s. Eric began his organ studies with his father, John T. Miller. He also studied with Fred DeHaven, Dave Wagner and Kent McDonald, Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Oakland University and a Master of Arts in Humanities from CMU. Eric was the Choral Music Director at Warren Lincoln High School from 1981-2014. He is presently the director of Motor City Chorale, and served as musical director for several past productions at Grosse Pointe Theatre. He enjoys composing and arranging music as well as playing professionally. Proficient on four instruments, he and his wife Dana live in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Robert Foster began his career as a church organist in his hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia at age 11. After completing two degrees in Organ Performance at the University of Michigan as a student of Robert Glasgow, the became organist of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Woods, where, in November, he will celebrate his 34th anniversary with this congregation. Robert is also very active in musical theater, and has served as the musical director for countless productions at First English’s yearly musical, and as pianist for many Grosse Pointe Theatre productions. He has also served for two years as the accompanist for the Motor City Chorale. Robert, his wife Patty and and son Danny live with their two basset hounds and four cats in Grosse Pointe Park.