FREE Organ Concert with Marshall & Shaylen Joos
August 10 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Join us for a complimentary lunchtime organ concert featuring Marshall & Shaylen Joos!
Please join us for an unusual and exciting combination of instruments: the mighty Hook organ with the beautiful orchestral harp. The organ’s 30 pedals blend with the harp’s seven pedals as played by sibling young artists Marshall (organ) and Shaylen (harp) Joos. The hall’s amazing acoustics will meld the glorious overtones of both instruments in a delightful array of compositions by Bach, Salzedo, Faure, and Debussy.
Marshall Joos, organ
Marshall Joos, age 18, is a rising sophomore Organ Performance major at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music studying under Ken Cowan. He began his organ studies at the age of ten under Lorrie Dodson with scholarships from the Young Organist Collaborative (YOC), a New Hampshire-based non-profit focused on investing in the next generation of organists. He is a two-time winner of the YOC’s Penn Brown Scholarship for Advanced Organ Studies. In Fall 2018, Marshall began studying organ under Christian Lane of the Boston Organ Studio. Under Mr. Lane’s direction, Marshall competed and won 1st place in the Boston Chapter of the Regional Competition for Young Organists in March of 2019, went on to place 2nd at the Northeast Regional Convention in Buffalo, NY in July, and was also the 2019 1st place winner of the L. Cameron Johnson Scholarship Competition in Storrs, CT. In 2021, he was featured on NPR’s “From the Top” (Episode 396) and received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. He was the 2021 Boston Chapter winner of the Regional Competition for Young Organists and in May went on to receive 2nd place in the Northeast Regional Competition for Young Organists. He was the 2021 recipient of the Methuen Memorial Music Hall scholarship awarded to graduating seniors pursuing a music degree. Most recently, Marshall was awarded the prestigious Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Scholarship by the American Guild of Organists. Marshall has enjoyed playing in concerts throughout New England, most notably on the organ at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall (Methuen, MA), the Kotzschmar organ at Merrill Auditorium (Portland, ME), and on the Charles Fisk organ at the historic Old West Church (Boston, MA). Marshall frequently plays organ and piano at Heritage Baptist Church in Dover, NH. In his spare time, he enjoys arranging sacred music, spending time with his family, and playing with his dog, Sandy.
Shaylen Joos, harp
Shaylen Joos, age 18, is a rising sophomore Harp Performance major at the New England Conservatory in Boston, NH. She studies under Jessica Zhou of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She began her harp studies at the age of ten under Erica Driscoll. She was one of eight finalists in the 2018 international Young Artist’s Harp competition in Kenyon, OH, and placed in the American Harp Society’s (AHS) national competitions in 2019 and 2021. With scholarships from the AHS, Shaylen has twice attended Curtis Institute of Music’s Summerfest Harp Colony and was able to study under internationally acclaimed harpists Elizabeth Hainen and Judy Loman. She has enjoyed working with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, the New Hampshire Philharmonic, the Seacoast Wind Ensemble, the Musical Youth of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra (MyPSO), the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the North Shore Theatre, and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Shaylen was chosen to be featured on NPR’s radio show From the Top (episode 394) in January of 2021 and is a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient. Shaylen frequently plays at Heritage Baptist Church in Dover, NH. When not practicing, she also enjoys reading, listening to classical music, beating her family at games, and spending time with her cousins.
About The Worcester Organ
The Hook Organ, installed in 1864, dominates the Great Hall. American organ builders Elias and George Hook, brothers from Boston, constructed the 52-stop, 3,504-pipe instrument, which is often referred to as the "Worcester Organ." Today, the Hook organ is the oldest unaltered four-keyboard pipe organ in the Western Hemisphere located at its installation site.
Restored in 1982, the Hook Organ since then has become one of the most popular and respected organs in the United States. It has been featured numerous times on National Public Radio, performed in several recordings, and has been featured on television and in a major motion picture, as well as in a music video starring Michael Crawford, the original "Phantom of the Opera."