Devon Shifflett, a senior double major in Piano Performance and History, took advantage of a unique opportunity this summer at Johns Memorial Episcopal Church in Farmville. After an invitation to apply and audition, Devon was accepted to serve as organist in Sunday services and as accompanist for the choir.
To support his work on a new instrument, Devon studied organ technique and literature with retired music professor Dr. Gordon Ring, who also serves as organist at Farmville United Methodist Church. What started out as a summer project has turned into an ongoing job: Devon will continue on at Johns Memorial until he graduates in Spring 2024.
Devon has been working closely with current music professor Dr. Christopher Swanson, the church's choir director. In addition to playing weekly 10:30 a.m. worship services, Devon also works with other members of the music ministry to fulfill congregational music needs, teach lessons to children in the parish, and accompany their Children's Choir.
"It has been a great experience to work with so many talented musicians, and to learn so much about being a professional musician," said Devon. After graduation, Devon plans to pursue a masters degree in Piano Pedagogy and to become a collegiate piano professor. He is currently a student of Dr. Lisa Kinzer.