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Organist Joby Bell to Perform at John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ Recital Series

By University Relations Staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Organist Joby Bell will perform at the second annual John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ Recital Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2023, in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center on the University of Dubuque campus. The recital is a part of the 10th annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series.

WHAT: Joby Bell, Organist
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2023
WHERE: John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque

- Public: $15
- UD Alumni, Parents of Current UD Students, Military/Veterans, Groups of 10 or More: $10
- UD Faculty, Staff, and Students: First ticket free. Additional tickets $10
Ticket prices increase by $5 at midnight the day of the event.

Organist Joby Bell is known at home and abroad for "the breadth of his repertoire, technical virtuosity, and for the personal warmth which shines through his performances." His acclaimed blog, available at, deals with a comprehensive range of organ-related topics including teaching philosophies, recital preparation, church music, and professional concerns.

Since 2004, Bell has served on the faculty of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, where he teaches organ and church music studies. His teaching specializes in practice techniques, memorization, service playing, choral accompanying, and maintaining grace under pressure - lessons always best taught by example.

Bell has made a number of recordings on the Centaur label, including the complete solo organ works of Charles-Marie Widor, recorded on Aeolian-Skinner and E.M. Skinner instruments across the country. Most recently, he recorded the complete organ works of Jeffrey Nytch on the Dobson instrument in Heritage Center on UD's campus, forthcoming on the Centaur label.

Bell attended high school at the [University of] North Carolina School of the Arts and subsequently earned degrees from Appalachian State University and Rice University. His teachers include H. Max Smith and Clyde Holloway.

The University of Dubuque dedicated the John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ in May 2021. The custom-crafted instrument with over 3,000 pipes was designed for teaching, solo recitals, and performances with other musical ensembles. UD Trustee John Butler (DHL'17) and his spouse, Alice (DHL'17), gifted the pipe organ. Dobson Pipe Organ Builders from Lake City, Iowa, built and installed the pipe organ - the 97th new organ built by the firm.

Tickets for Joby Bell, Organist can be purchased from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes prior to events at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by calling 563.585.SHOW; or by visiting

New this season, H-PALS allows people to earn a point for every dollar spent. When patrons reach 200 points, they receive one free ticket (valued up to $50) for an eligible event of their choice.

Conlon Construction is the presenting sponsor of the 2022-2023 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series.