Chamber Music Society presents evening of brass and organ

Judith Saxton and Timothy Olsen will perform a trumpet and organ duet.

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is pleased to feature West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church’s spectacular Holtkamp Organ in an evening of works for the trumpet and organ on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at West Shore Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River.

Artists will be Judith Saxton, trumpet, and Timothy Olsen, organ, who have collaborated as a duo for over a decade while colleagues at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. They have commissioned pieces for their duo through competitions and connections. Both artists have extensive experience in music education, presenting master classes, and appearing in concerts throughout the United States and the world.

Judith Saxton has had a multi-faceted career as international soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and advocate of new music. She is comfortable in all genres and has performed with artists as diverse as Mannheim Steamroller, the Temptations, Placido Domingo, and Joshua Bell. Judith Saxton has soloed on several recordings under eight different labels, and has contributed frequently to the "Brass Herald" and the "Journal of the International Trumpet Guild."

Dr. Timothy Olsen began his study of the organ at age 13, and continued his studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he earned Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance and Literature. He is currently professor of Organ at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Dr. Olsen has performed organ recitals in 28 states and has been featured multiple times on Minnesota Public Radio’s "Pipedreams."

Like many churches, the pipe organ at West Shore Church is at the rear of the sanctuary. At the Nov. 18 concert, however, the audience will be able to see the musicians and the organ and trumpet thanks to projection on the front wall.

Rocky River Chamber Music Society presents concerts to Northeast Ohio audiences at no admission charge. All are welcome.  For more information, visit

Carol Jacobs

Carol Jacobs is a retired archivist, librarian, and curator who resides in Westlake and serves on the board of the Rocky River Chamber Music Society. 

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:32 AM, 11.05.2019