David Schmidt, a native of Freeman and an alumni of Mount Marty College, will present an organ recital at 3 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Bishop Marty Chapel at Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton.
Schmidt is the director of music and principal organist at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln, NE, a position he has held since 1980. He has been studying and playing the organ since he was 10 years old, learning on his grandmother’s home organ. During high school, he studied at Sioux Falls College and while in college at Mt. Marty in Yankton, with Sister Jane Klimisch, OSB, and Alice Hohenthaner; in Lincoln with Dr. Quentin Faulkner at UNL.Currently he is studying with Dr. Christopher Marks at UNL and improvisation with Tom Trenney of First Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln.
The Sept. 15 program follows themes found in the Rule of St. Benedict, the guiding spirit for the sisters at Sacred Heart Monastery. The opening piece of the program will invite the audience to join in singing and rejoicing in gratitude for the many gifts and talents that are bestowed on each. This piece, “This is the Day the Lord Has Made,” was written by Sister Jane Klimisch, a member of Sacred Heart Monastery until her death in 2010. Inspired by St. Benedict’s themes of gathering, asking, listening, reflecting and going forth, Schmidt will perform works by Alain, Brahms, Dupre, Franck, Pachelbel, Widor and others.
Schmidt notes that perseverance is another teaching of St. Benedict that he encountered in preparing for this recital. Within the context of that Rule, a novice entering the monastic life is tested to see if they can persevere toward a life in service to God.
“Thus, the theme of perseverance seemed appropriate and has been a motivating factor as this program has been prepared,” said Schmidt. “It would have been much easier to take a broader path of travel and not prepare or even consider a recital, however, staying on the straight and narrow of preparing has truly been a rewarding and satisfying journey as I have practiced for the upcoming program. I learned so many things from the sisters in Yankton in regards to music, as well as many other life lessons, that it is only fitting to come home, so to speak, to play the organ in the chapel again.”
The Bishop Marty Chapel is located at 1005 W. 8th St., Yankton. The recital is free and open to the public.
For more information on Sacred Heart Monastery a virtual tour of the chapel as well as information on the Benedictine Monastic life and work visit www.yanktonbenedictines.org.
For directions to the monastery, go to www.yanktonbenedictines.org/PeaceCenter_directions.