by Diane VanDyke
Composer Dr. Stephen J. Grieco, Dean of Arts & Humanities at Montgomery County Community College, will premiere his newest musical composition, “Sanctuary,” on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1101 High St., Pottstown. The public is invited to this free performance.
Organist Bruce W. Tonkin A.I.M. will be performing the three-movement piece as a solo on the organ. Tonkin, a highly accomplished organist, serves as the Director of Music Ministries at St. James.
Tonkin taught music for 33 years in the Norristown School District and previously served as the director of music ministries for the congregations of New Hanover Lutheran Church, Gilbertsville, and Jerusaem Lutheran Church, Schwenksville. He has a bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University, a master’s degree from West Chester University and completed advance coursework at Westminster Choir College, West Chester, and at other universities.
Dr. Grieco’s work has garnered awards from Pro Musica, the North American Artists Foundation, Meet the Composer, the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Arizona State University, Bowling Green State University, Contemporary Music Society and the Victoria Bohlen Award.
His compositions have been commissioned and performed in Europe and throughout the United States by numerous ensembles, including the Cleveland Chamber Symphony Orchestra, The United States Army Chorus, ASU Symphony Orchestra and award-winning organist Kimberly Marshall.
His work has been published by ChoralWeb Publishing Inc., C.J. Allette Publishing Inc. and recorded by Cactus Records and West Side Records.
Dr. Grieco holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from the State University of New York at Fredonia; a master’s degree in Music Composition from Bowling Green State University; and a doctorate in Musical Arts from Arizona State University.