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Organ and Violin Concert
May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Organist Barbara Gulick and violinists Ali and Sara Levesque will present a free concert of music by Joseph Rheinbergeat Billings First Congregational Church to honor the memory of Dr. Fred B. Binckes (September 6, 1936 – August 5, 2018). A newly minted Doctor of Musical Arts, Fred came to Billings in August of 1974 to join the staff of First Congregational Church and the faculty of Rocky Mountain College. He served First Church as Organist and Director of Music, directing Chancel, Pilgrim, and Youth Choirs from 1974 to 1978. Barbara Gulick also joined the First Church staff in 1974 and served as Assistant Organist and Director of Plymouth, Boy, and Handbell Choirs until 1978. Besides teaching organ, Fred also taught music theory, composition, music history, and humanities at Rocky Mountain College until his retirement. He was also the organist at Mayflower Congregational Church for many years. To the organists in Billings, he was the ultimate teacher, who gave his students the courage to make their own musical decisions. He mentored several of his students to achieve various levels of certification in the American Guild of Organists rigorous certification program. Barbara Gulick was one of those grateful students. Violinist Ali Levesque also became one of Dr. Binckes grateful students when he prepped her in music theory and keyboard during the summer before she entered university. He was also a much-valued music festival adjudicator.
The concert is sponsored by the Yellowstone Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and, in honor of Fred’s devotion to teaching, donations to the American Guild of Organists New Organist Fund will be gratefully received. The concert will be repeated in Bozeman on Friday evening, May 17, at 7:00 p.m., at Holy Rosary Church, and in Helena on Saturday evening, May 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Helena.