Today’s DYKYAGO features Mr. Marty Barstow, a graduate student of Duquesne University’s Sacred Music program. Marty is the Music Director at Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ross Township.
How did you decide you wanted to study organ in college?
Deciding to study organ in college was a gradual process, after hearing of people who made organ/church music a career, and hearing accomplished organists perform, especially Janette Fishell, my organ teacher from my undergrad.
What is your favorite organ work that you have learned so far?
My most favorite organ piece has been “Sonata III: I. Con moto maestoso”, by Felix Mendelssohn. It’s a perfect balance of Baroque and Romantic characteristics, has the joyfulness of Easter, the grief of Lent, and just in general, a lot of passion and brilliance!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I do not understand this concept of “free time.”
Going to the gym, hanging out with friends, road trips, going out to eat, etc.
What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is Titanic. Great music, amazing effects, captivating story. Looking forward to seeing it in 3D in April!
What is your favorite place to visit?
My favorite place to visit is Eastern North Carolina, the Greenville area (where East Carolina University is, where I went for my undergrad). I still have some wonderful friends there, there’s some beautiful country parts to it, and has a friendly small town atmosphere.
What are some of your favorite things about living in Pittsburgh?
Some of my favorite things about living in Pittsburgh are the vibrant arts scene (especially the old beautiful churches), the unique, non mass-produced things that can not be found anywhere else, such as the strip district, and the wonderful revival that the city itself is continuing to make. Still not exactly warming up to the cold winters though! 🙂
Are you planning anything special, musically, for the Lenten season?
The church itself has two mid-week services every Wednesday during Lent. The Adult Choir is singing for all the Sundays and special services such as Maundy Thursday, and the Handbells are playing on Easter. I’m hoping to have the Adult Choir do a special musical event in the fall or next year.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would probably be Connecticut. It seems to have the rural quality of a Southern town, while also being very friendly, inviting and open-minded. Also, depending on the area, it almost feels like stepping back in time by a couple hundred years!
If you couldn’t be an organist as a career, what would you do instead?
Life without music is a mistake! 🙂
Thank you, Marty, for being a part of our series!