ABOUT DR. MICKEY THOMAS TERRY:
Mickey Thomas Terry, a native of Greenville, North Carolina, holds degrees from East Carolina University in Greenville, and a Ph.D. in Late Medieval and Early Modern European History from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. His principal organ teachers have been Clarence Watters, Charles Callahan, and Ronald Stolk. In addition to concertizing, Dr. Terry, currently is the Director of Music and Organist at St. Mary's Church at Piscataway in Clinton, Maryland.
He was the Second Prize winner of the 9th Annual Clarence Mader National Organ Competition and a finalist in both the Michigan International Organ Competition and the Flint Competition He is the editor of a new multi-volume anthology of African-American organ music published by MorningStar Music Publishers.
Dr. Terry appears on the Albany Records label compact disc George Walker-A Portrait, playing the organ works of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker and on the American Public Media compact disc Pipedreams Premieres, Volume 2, playing an organ work of Thomas H. Kerr.
THE ORGAN AT SAINT PATRICK'S:
The organ in St. Patrick’s was built in 1994 by the Lively-Fulcher company. The organ case, facade pipes, and some of the interior pipework are from the 1895 Carl Barckhoff organ, rebuilt in 1932. The design is essentially a very complete two-manual scheme, with a third manual for added possibilities. As a personal interpretation of French 19th century concepts it is a remarkably bold and versatile organ in a beautiful acoustical environment.
Founded in Chicago in 1919, the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. is the country’s oldest organization dedicated to the preservation, encouragement and advocacy of all genres of the music of African Americans. The current national president is Dr. David Morrow, conductor of the famed Morehouse College Glee Club.
ABOUT BEN HOLT:
Ben Holt, (for whom the Washington, D.C. branch of NANM, Inc. was rechartered and renamed in 2010) was a native of Washington, D. C. A renowned singer of international stature, Holt sang many leading roles with the world's greatest opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera. He made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 1981 and his first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera during the 1985-86 season, in ''La Boheme.'' He made his City Opera debut in the fall of 1985 in Anthony Davis's opera about Malcolm X, the black separatist leader. Holt died in 1990, but his rich legacy lives on through the tremendous efforts of his mother, Mayme Wilkins Holt, who still resides in Washington, D. C. and is a life member of the branch.