Ozarks to host family events in spirit of Halloween

Release Date: 10/17/2012

University of the Ozarks will offer on-campus events in the spirit of Halloween for the Clarksville community on Monday, Oct. 29 and Wednesday, Oct. 31.

U of O music professor and organist Dr. Sharon Gorman will present the 12th annual Halloween Organ Concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in Munger Memorial Chapel at the university. Also, the annual Residential Hall Association Haunted Housing for children 12-and-under will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween evening, Oct. 31. Both events are free and open to the general public.

The organ concert will include musical tricks and treats both scary and comical, featuring organ music by Gorman and choral music by the University Chamber Singers, directed by Music Professor Dr. G. Mikael Lindström. The program will include selections from "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Harry Potter," "Jurassic Park," and "Superman," as well as music devoted to dinosaurs, ghosts and saints, according to Gorman.

The concert is family-friendly and costumes are encouraged.

Gorman came to U of O in 1996 from northern California, where she taught at Cogswell College in Sunnyvale, Calif., and served as director of music at Grace Lutheran Church in San Jose, Calif.  She holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Stanford University as well as two organ performance degrees from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.  Her formal training also includes private keyboard studies in northern Germany with Harald Vogel, a specialist in Baroque keyboard music. 

The Haunted Housing event will include trick-or-treating tours of several of the university's residential halls. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes and parents can accompany their children on the tours. The escorted tours of the Halloween-decorated halls will begin in the Seay Student Center. The candy that will be passed out by students will be purchased by U of O officials. For more information on the Haunted Housing, please call the Student Life Office at 979-1322.