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Pfeiffer remembers late music professor Marvin Burke with memorial concert April 3

Marvin20Burke1The Pfeiffer University community was saddened by the death of Pfeiffer Emeritus Professor of Music Mr. Marvin W. Burke who died Feb. 6, at age of 75, after a long illness. Burke played an influential role in the lives of many Pfeiffer alumni and faculty and as a result, his life will be celebrated through his love for music and song.

On Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 4 p.m., Pfeiffer University will host a memorial service to honor the life of Burke. The event will be held in the Pfeiffer Chapel on the Misenheimer campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Burke conducted a number of musical organizations within the Pfeiffer community including the Pfeiffer Chapel Choir, The Pfeiffer Handbell Choir, The Stanly County Chorale, and the choirs of First United Methodist in Charlotte, First Presbyterian in Albemarle and First Presbyterian in Salisbury.

Current members of these choirs, other friends, and Pfeiffer alumni will join together to sing several selections during the service. Choir alumni and friends are invited to gather in the Pfeiffer Chapel at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3 to rehearse for the service. The selections to be sung are: “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson, “He, watching Over Israel” by Mendelssohn, “Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace,” by Davis Stanley York, “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” arranged by arr. Rutter, and the last movement of the Brahms Requiem.

Singers are asked to bring their own scores, if possible. The choir will be conducted by Steve Harrill '78, a assistant professor of music at Pfeiffer, a 1978 Pfeiffer graduate and former Burke student. Burke's longtime friend and colleague, Stan Scheer, will serve as organist and choir accompanist for the service. The Pfeiffer University Handbell Choir will also participate. Rev. Dana McKim '82, minister to the university and pastor of the Village Church at Pfeiffer, will lead the service.

For additional information, please contact Steve Harrill at (704) 463-3147 or

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