This fall we welcome Dr. Marilyn Perkins Biery as our interim Assistant Organist. Marilyn is an organist, conductor, composer and hymn writer, currently on the music faculty at Wayne State University. From 1996-2010 she was Associate Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota, sharing the position with her husband, James Biery. Since moving to Michigan in 2010 she has served as interim Minister of Music at Royal Oak First United Methodist Church, Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Detroit and St. Ambrose Church in Grosse Pointe Park. Marilyn holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance from Northwestern University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the University of Minnesota. An ASCAP award winner, her hymn texts, choral and organ compositions are published by GIA, MorningStar, Augsburg Fortress, OCP and Concordia. Her hymnary, Seek a Place of Breathless Beauty was published by MorningStar in 2011, containing twenty-five original hymn texts, set to existing tunes as well as seven original tunes by James Biery. Her latest collection of organ music, Gathered into One, has just been released by Augsburg; several other texts, anthems, and a collection of organ preludes is soon to be released by GIA Publications.
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