Dr. William Haller, retired professor of organ and organ literature at West Virginia University, will present a faculty recital at the at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Morgantown on Sunday, Nov. 1. Titled “Organ Music by French Composers,” the concert will begin at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The organ at St. Francis is an electronic copy of an Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ specification, along with the voicing expected for that instrument.

The program consists of a Prelude and Fugue by Camille Saint-Saens, a Sonata by Alexandre Guilmant, and a set of Variations on a Christmas Carol by Gaston Litaize. All these works were written between 1894 and 1934.

Haller received his doctorate from North Texas State University and both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music. He is the former organist for the Columbus Symphony and Columbus Symphony Chorus. His past honors include winning the National Organ Playing Competition in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1965 and tying for second place at the International Organ Playing Competition in Chartres, France, in 1974.

St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church is located at 1 Guthrie Lane. For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4841, Ext. 3108.



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4841 ext. 3108, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu