HOISINGTON — “In Memoriam,” a program of music on the organ, reminiscences and tales, drama, fun, and more will be performed Sunday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, on Main Street, in Hoisington. Organist Craig Jaynes returns home to Hoisington and will perform free of charge, and a freewill offering to benefit Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer will be accepted.
Jaynes lives in the middle of a garden outside of Jamestown, Ohio, and is the resident musician (organist and choir director) of St. Colman Church in Washington Court House, Ohio, where he directs an ambitious music program and an annual concert series.
Originally from Hoisington, he has studied organ with Paul Lundquist at the University of North Dakota, Dorothy Addy and Diane Bish at Wichita, and privately with Virgil Fox. He attended Wichita State University, Kent State University (BA), The Ohio State University and Clark State (OH) Community College (AAS-RN).
His first organ ‘job’ was for the First Methodist Church in Hoisington, his first concert was at First Congregational Church in Great Bend and he will begin his 55th year as an active church musician on the weekend of the concert.
He is a hospice and palliative care nurse in southwest Ohio and tends (more or less) his 2 1/2 acre English-style garden (www.englishgardenfarm.com) outside of Jamestown, Ohio (which is older and smaller than Hoisington).
Jaynes said, “I am not among the top tier or even the second tier of organists, but I thoroughly enjoy the instrument and enjoy playing and especially for folks back here, where it all began!” The public is invited to attend.