School of Music honors late professor with organ recital


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A beloved University of Louisville professor will be remembered for his musical contributions during a memorial recital featuring performances by his wife and former students.

    The School of Music will host an organ recital honoring the late Melvin Dickinson, who served as the head of the Organ and Church Music Department at UofL for more than four decades. The concert will be held at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, at Comstock Concert Hall, 2301 S. Third St.

    Dickinson’s wife, Margaret, will play several pieces at the concert, including a sonata that she and her husband often performed together. She will be joined in performance by several of Dickinson’s former students from his tenure at UofL.

    The concert is free and open to the public. Donations in memory of Dickinson will be accepted and given to the Melvin D. Dickinson Scholarship Award Fund. The fund provides scholarships to one or two UofL music students each year.

    Dickinson retired from UofL as a Professor Emeritus in 2001. He passed away in January at the age of 77. In addition to his work at UofL, he and his wife were the founders of the Louisville Bach Society, a musical organization dedicated to choral performance, specifically the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. More than 800 singers performed with the Louisville Bach Society from 1964-2011.

    For more information, please contact Lauren Zachry-Reynolds at 502-852-0516 or

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    Erica Walsh is the marketing director for the Office of Communications and Marketing. Her job lets her share UofL’s good news in all avenues of communications including UofL Magazine, advertising, content marketing and branding. Walsh joined UofL in 2014 after previously serving as the public relations specialist at Indiana University Southeast. Prior to her career in higher education communications she was an award-winning newspaper reporter. Red is one of her favorite colors and it’s a good thing, too, because she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Kentucky University and her master’s in communication from UofL.