Sacred Music You Like to Hear for Soprano, Piano & Organ

On Sunday September 17th, join Pamela Poluin and Robert Anderson for Sacred Music You Like to Hear for Soprano, Piano and Organ.

There will be a reception to follow this concert. Tickets are $10 per person. The Chapel is handicap accessible through its north entrance off Seymour Street. Tickets are available at Willard Chapel, 17 Nelson Street, Auburn, NY during our regular hours Wednesday-Friday 11 AM – 4 PM or call 315-252-0339.

Get to know the performers:

Pamela L. Poulin is a soprano recitalist and also a cantata/oratorio soloist. A Professor Emerita of the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, she earned her Ph.D. at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, where she studied voice in the artist studio of John Malloy, choral conducting with Robert DeCormier and organ with Timothy Albrecht. A soloist for Gregg Smith, she was started on voice and piano by her mother, Lillian Poulin in the Hudson Valley, and, in high school, she studied voice in the bel canto style with Ada Mase Curran, who team taught with Phyllis Curtin at Tanglewood. Dr. Poulin was recently heard in concert at the Syracuse Civic Center.

Her books on 18th C music theory and musicology are published by the Oxford University Press. She just completed a biography of Mozart’s best friend, Anton Stadler (1753-1812), for whom Mozart composed his Clarinet Concerto and Quintet. She recently discovered what Stadler’s unusual clarinet, the basset clarinet, looked like on a research trip to Riga, Latvia.

Dr. Poulin portrays suffragists Matilda Joslyn Gage and Amelia Jenks Bloomer, and professional flag maker Mary Pinkersgill, whose flag inspired Francis Scott Key, to pen “The Star Spangled Banner, some 200 years ago. In addition, she conducts research on Harriet Tubman, recently that for an Historic Roadside Marker placed in front of Pauline Copes Johnson’s home, great great grand daughter of Aunt Harriet and also discovered a little known picture of her (article in Auburn Citizen). She is currently writing an article on Aunt Harriet with Mrs. Johnson.

Robert P. Anderson is a native of Syracuse, NY, starting his piano study at age 5 with C. Franklin Drumm, adding organ study with Professor Drumm at age 9 and while majoring in math he minored in organ during his undergraduate days at Syracuse University, studying with Arthur Poister and Will O. Headlee. Anderson served as organist/director of music at the James St. United Methodist Church, Syracuse for over 50 years where he was instrumental in having a new Austin pipe organ installed in 1979. Since the closing of that church, he has been the organist/director of music at Jamesville Community Church (UMC and Presbyterian U.S.A.) in Jamesville, NY. Anderson also earned his masters and doctorate degrees and was a high school math teacher for 16 years in the Syracuse City School District and Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District. He was a school administrator for 18 years serving as Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Middle School Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and Superintendent of Schools at Jamesville-DeWitt. Upon retiring from his public school positions, he became a full-time Visiting Professor at Le Moyne College, serving as Chair of the Education Department, Director of Graduate Education Programs, Associate Provost for Student Learning and Director of the Educational Leadership Program where he continues to teach as an adjunct professor. Dr. Anderson has been active in the American Guild of Organists at both the local and state level serving as the Dean of the Syracuse Chapter and Chair of the NYS AGO. Over the years, he has played numerous organ recitals in New York and Pennsylvania. He is an active member of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts and regularly writes reviews of recently published organ and choral music for their quarterly journal Worship Arts: Transforming the World through Worship.

On Sunday September 17th, join Pamela Poluin and Robert Anderson for Sacred Music You Like to Hear for Soprano, Piano and Organ.


Sep 17 2023


2:00 pm


Willard Memorial Chapel
17 Nelson Street, Auburn, New York 13021

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