University Chapel Hour Presents “Musica Poetica”

October 12, 2005 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan’s University Chapel Hour and Special Events and Services will present Susan Klotzbach, chapel organist, in “Musica Poetica: Worship Through Music” on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. in Evelyn Chapel (1301 N. Park St., Bloomington).

The service is free and open to the public.

Musica poetica is a term commonly applied to the 16th and 17th century German art of composing music in schools and universities.  This compositional theory, which is conceived as a combination of the composition of music and the composition of poetry or oratory, was first seen in Nicolaus Listenius’ Rudimenta Musicae Planae.  Musica poetica is studied today as a way to better understand and appreciate the works of 16th and 17th century composers such as Heinrich Schtz and Giacomo Carissimi.

Previously, Klotzbach worked as the Associate Professor of Organ at Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., and at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., as well as the Assistant Professor of Organ at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla.  She has served as the University Organist at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., and at Cargill United Methodist Church in Janesville, Wis. 

Klotzbach received her master’s and doctorate of organ degrees from the Eastland School of Music and her bachelor of music degree at the University of Iowa.

For additional information, contact the Illinois Wesleyan Chaplain’s office at (309) 556-3005.

Contact: Taylar Kuzniar, (309) 556-3181