W&L Presents Faculty Recital with William McCorkle McCorkle will perform at Lexington Presbyterian Church on Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. No tickets are required.
Washington and Lee University will present a faculty recital by organist and W&L lecturer William McCorkle on Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. at the Lexington Presbyterian Church located at 120 South Main Street. The performance is open to the public and will be livestreamed. Masks are required.
Those wishing to access the livestream are asked to connect at 2:50 p.m. through the Lexington Presbyterian Church website www.lexpres.org. Join by clicking the “Live on YouTube” icon located at the top of the home page.
The program is titled “French Organ Music from the Golden Ages: Compositions by Great Organists of Paris, Rouen and Reims.”
A versatile keyboard artist, McCorkle has performed as organist, harpsichordist and pianist in solo and ensemble performances throughout the eastern United States and Europe. His research has centered on 17th- and 18th-century French and Italian vocal and keyboard styles, and he is well known for his expertise in keyboard realization. He has been an adjunct keyboard instructor at W&L for many years.
McCorkle is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Amherst College and holds graduate degrees from Yale University. As an Edward Poole Lay Fellow, he studied in Paris with master musicians Nadia Boulanger, Annette Dieudonné and William Christie. His graduate studies at Yale University included work with organist Charles Krigbaum, harpsichordist Albert Fuller and tenor Blake Stern.
Like some of the Parisian organists whose work he will perform, McCorkle has enjoyed a long tenure as organist and director of music at Lexington Presbyterian Church, where he started in 1979. The church’s C. B Fisk pipe organ, which replaced an instrument lost when the church sanctuary was destroyed by fire in 2000, reflects his French training and musical preferences.