On Friday October 15, at 7:00pm, Cheryl Frank will perform an organ concert at Greece Baptist Church (1230 Long Pond Road), as part of a series of events to benefit the church’s organ repair fund.
Rev. Cheryl Frank, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, started playing organ for churches at age 13. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, with a major in viola and a minor in organ, and a Master of Music degree (viola) from the Eastman School of Music. She was a finalist in the Chicago Club of Women Organists’ Annual Organ Performance Competition (1993).
Cheryl has played organ for churches in Wisconsin, Ohio, Louisiana, and New York, including Gates Presbyterian Church (1994-99) and First Baptist Church of Rochester (2005-2015). Cheryl has played viola in several orchestras, including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (1999-2005) and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
The program will include Fugues by Dietrich Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, and Felix Mendelssohn, as well as works by Marcel Dupre and John Ferguson. Cheryl will be joined for this recital by her daughter, Joanna Frank, 15, a cello student of Christopher Haritatos, and a member of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra. Joanna will perform Gabriel Faure’s Elegie, arranged for cello and organ.
Greece Baptist Church’s pipe organ was built in 1894 by Jardine & Son of New York for St. Patrick’s Church in Buffalo. Originally comprising 18 ranks of pipes, it became available in 1982 and was brought here, installed and expanded to 27 ranks by Kerner & Merchant Pipe Organ Builders. The organ was damaged in a church fire in 1990, then restored by Parsons Organ Co. of Canandaigua.
This historic instrument is now in need of some repair—so while there will be no admission charge for the concert, donations will be gratefully accepted toward the Organ Repair Fund. Free finger desserts (including fudge!) will be served after the performance. All guests will be asked to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. For more information, contact the church office at (585) 225-6160, or