Pianist Duncan Holmes to perform at church

NORTHVILLE – The Baptist Church of Northville, 111 N. First St., will hold a concert by pianist Duncan Holmes at the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday.

Duncan has been blind from birth, and has been involved with music throughout his life. Encouraged in music both at home and at the Maryland School for the Blind, he participated in numerous school organizations, founded a jazz combo, “The Swingin’ Teens,” and received a number of outstanding achievement awards in piano, a news release said. At the same time, he took part in music festivals with other blind students throughout the East Coast.

Duncan received his bachelor of music degree in piano performance at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Va., where he was pianist for the jazz ensemble, which performed at various college jazz festivals. He was also the first blind student to tour with the all-student U.S.A. summer tour of Europe in 1968 as pianist for the vocal and instrumental jazz groups, the release said. He received his master of music education degree from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas.

He has worked with Calvin Marsh, a former Metropolitan Opera baritone then working with Beth Sar Shalom, a Jewish-Christian mission organization, touring the U.S. with performances in churches, schools, prisons, radio and TV and appearing twice on the 700 Club, the release said. He is the pianist for the Hill Country Evangelical Free Church and volunteers to play piano for nursing homes in the area. Duncan also speaks to schools about his blindness or about his travels with a guide dog.

For more information or directions to the church, visit the church’s website at www.bconny.org or call the church office at 863-8001.