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December 24, 2014

Birmingham pianist will perform at pipe organ dedication

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Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:30 pm

Jamie McLemore will entertain at the dedication/concert for First Presbyterian Church’s repaired pipe organ at 4 p.m. July 20. McLemore served as consultant throughout the project.

McLemore currently serves as organist and music associate at South Highland Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, a position he has held since September 2009. Prior to this position, he served as organist for Briarwood Presbyterian Church, also in Birmingham, for over 19 years. McLemore is also employed with Samford University as the textbook director in the Samford University Bookstore. 

A native of Birmingham, he began formal piano lessons with Susie Francis Dempsey of Jacksonville as one of her first students at Trusswood Piano Studios in Birmingham. McLemore graduated from the University of Alabama where he was a student of the late Warren Hutton. Additional study has been with Dr. Patricia Fitzsimmons, Dr. James Dorroh, and at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey with emphasis on children’s choirs.

He has studied improvisation with Herbert Buffington in Atlanta. An active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Guild of Organists, he has served that chapter as sub-dean and dean, chair of the hospitality committee, and is currently on the executive board. McLemore was the director of the Pipe Organ Encounter held in Birmingham in June 2011 and served on the planning committee for the July 2013 encounter.

In his spare time McLemore enjoys traveling (he was in Paris on 9/11) and spending time with family and friends. 

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