Melody Steed

Melody Steed

Melody Turnquist-Steed will be the featured organist at Wartburg College’s Bach’s Lunch organ recital series Friday, Feb. 15.

The concert will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Wartburg Chapel. It will be preceded by a noon lunch and conversation with Turnquist-Steed in the Chapel Commons.

Turnquist-Steed, a music specialist at the Dr. Walter Cunningham School for Excellence, is an active recitalist and has performed at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the International Trumpet Guild. She earned degrees in organ performance from the University of Northern Iowa, University of Cincinnati and the University of Southern California. She has served as an associate professor of music and assistant academic dean at Bethany College, where she was director of the Bethany College Core Experience and the Bethany College Handbell Ensemble in addition to her duties as the college organist. She and trumpeter Keith Benjamin make up the trumpet/organ duo Clarion.

Her program will feature three pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, including “Prelude and Fugue in F Minor” (BWV534) and “O Mensch bewein dein Sünde gross” (BWV622), as well as works by Johann Pachelbel and Johannes Brahms.

Bach’s Lunch attendees are invited to bring a lunch or order one from Wartburg’s Den-Rittersaal by the Wednesday prior to the performance by contacting Marcia Haugen, music department office coordinator, at or 319-352-8300. The series will continue March 15 and April 12.