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Monday, September 16, 2013 12:09 AM

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LIMA — Thomas Fielding, DMus., one of the first young musicians to audition for a Ronald W. Richards music scholarship, returns to Lima on Sunday to open the 2013-14 Ronald W. Richards Series at Lima Trinity United Methodist Church.

This concert marks the 28th year Trinity has sponsored the series to Lima area music enthusiasts. Funding has been made possible through the generosity of church members and interested residents and businesses of the area.

Beginning at 3 p.m., the concert is open to the public. A free will offering will be received to assist with music scholarships for students who intend to make teaching music a career following college graduation.

The Lima Kiwanis Club, of which Richards was an active member, with the assistance of Clarence Brown and a select committee, choose the winners each year.

Richards directed the Lima Public Schools Music program from 1957-1978 and was in charge of Trinity’s music program from 1957 to the year of his death in 1986.

The Lima Area Guild of Organists, along with Fielding, will also host a workshop from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Trinity. Additional information about the workshop can be obtained from Cathryn Nihiser, 419-222-3397, Dean of the AGO.

Organist and composer Fielding is director of music and liturgy for St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo, Mich., and is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music. He has taken first prize in the national Arthur Poister and San Marino performance competitions, won several national composition prizes, been the recipients of several full-tuition scholarship awards at IU and as an undergraduate, won several music prizes offered by his alma mater Valparaiso University. He was for four years the Dean of the Central North Carolina Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

As an active and commissioned composer, Fielding is published with the Choristers’ Guild, EC Schirmer and Boosey & Hawkes. His works have been performed by soloists, choirs and orchestras in the United States, England, France, Canada and Korea and have been broadcast of National Public Radio. The first commercial recording of his prize-winning piece “Behold the Dark and Bitter Night” has been released on the Gothic label.


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