Rodney L. Barbour, director of worship and arts at Crestview Presbyterian Church, West Chester, Ohio, will be in concert on the Austin-Rodgers organ at First United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. The concert is free and open to the public.
Barbour holds the bachelor of arts degree in music education and organ performance from Marshall University and the master of music degree in organ performance from the University of Cincinnati.
His performance career has taken many directions - performing in dance bands, the Holiday on Ice Orchestra and Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus Band. He has been a featured entertainer on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ at Springdale Music Palace in Cincinnati, and recently held the position of official organist of the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium. He directs children's and adults choirs, hand bells and instrumental ensembles.
He was a regional manager/product specialist for Rodgers Instruments from 1996 to 2005, served as dean of the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
During his career, he has presented solo concerts, workshops and hymn festivals in 42 states, all the provinces of Canada and in Puerto Rico and England. In June, he served as organist for the 182nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA held in San Jose, Calif.
The concert is in cooperation with Rodgers Instruments of Hillsboro, Ore., and Dewey Kruger Music, Northwood, who were service and installation providers for the new Austin-Rodgers instrument at First United Methodist Church, dedicated just a year ago.
A freewill offering will be received that evening. A reception honoring Barbour will follow.