Young organist to open season at First Presbyterian

  • Thu Oct 14th, 2010 7:52pm
  • Life

Herald Staff

The program for Everett’s First Presbyterian Church’s first concert of the season is packed to the rafters with more than 10 classical pieces to be performed by promising young organ player, Halden Toy.

Toy, 17, is a junior at Marysville-Pilchuck High School and substituted as the church organist in April.

At 11, Toy demonstrated how serious he was about studying organ when he learned a hymn he asked his father to arrange and bought his own organ shoes, according to press material about the concert.

Today, Toy can play his way through a full repertoire of classics.

Some of the selections for this Sunday’s concert include “Festive Trumpet Tune,” by David German, “Toccata &Fugue in D Minor” by Bach, “Sonata in Baroque Style,” by Gordon Young, “Fairest Lord Jesus” by Hermann Schroeder and the hymns “When We Are in Deepest Need” and “Sleepers Wake.”

Toy is in frequent demand as a performer, and has played in recitals around the country, including several local venues. Toy performed in the “Rising Stars” recital for the 2010 American Guild of Organist convention in Washington, D.C.

Toy will play at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. Suggested donation is $10 at the door.