Bullock is closing the chapter on a life in Anniston filled with musical achievements and endeavors to write a new one at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where he plans to pursue a master’s degree in music and organ performance. An impressive past, Bullock has been involved in music since he was young and was mentored by some of the best musicians and teachers in the Anniston community.
“While I was still in the Anniston and Jacksonville area, I was very active in First United Methodist Church where I was mentored and inspired by the minister of music, Kathy Murphy, and organist, Jim Roberts,” he said. “They were all inspirations, and inspiration helps us to achieve the goals we have in our lives.”
Bullock is a well-rounded artist mastering everything from the piano and organ to the percussion and clarinet, which he played during his tenure at Saks High School. After completing two years at Jacksonville State University under the choral direction of Patricia Corbin and department chair Legare McIntosh, Bullock transferred to Samford University in Birmingham. He is currently music associate at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham.
“Joshua was always a talented student that received a solid foundation at JSU and First United Methodist Church, but Samford had an excellent organ program,” Corbin said. “He was able to pursue his musical studies more in depth there, and he’s written some great compositions.”
The Church of St. Michael’s congregation is already familiar with Bullock’s talent because not only has he played there in the past, but the church was where he received his first organ experience. Bullock said St. Michael was very special to him and that he was honored to come back and play a recital there.
“I wanted to come back and share my knowledge of what I’ve learned because the Anniston community gave me so much,” he said. “This recital is to bring more attention to organ music in the Anniston area because it was such a powerhouse once upon a time.”
Corbin noted the recital will feature “a variety of organ repertoire from all periods.” Bullock will play a diverse set, including different genres of classical music from Baroque to 20th century compositions. In between pieces, Corbin added, Bullock will engage the audience by sharing his experiences and what he likes about each composition and music in general.
“Music is a communal activity,” Bullock said. “We don’t just do it for ourselves but for everyone and the community. I’m totally engrossed in the organ and music. The organ can speak to people on multiple levels because of the mechanics and sheer variety of sound, and St. Michael’s organ facilitates a recital that can span all these different genres of music.”
Not only will audiences and classical enthusiasts benefit from the sounds at the helm of Bullocks’ passion and delivery, but The Church of St. Michael and All Angels provides a unique atmosphere as well.
“People who have never been to St. Michael will benefit from the building,” Bullock said. “When you mix the aesthetic with this music, it merges together into such a beautiful thing. I hope people will walk away from this recital experiencing the beauty of something from another time and from this time.”
“This is a young man from this community doing very well,” Corbin said. “The organ is a fabulous instrument so it’ll be interesting to see what he can do with it. We want people to give him a good send off as he heads to graduate school.”
Organ recital by Joshua Bullock
When: Sunday, June 24, at 3 p.m.
Where: The Church of St. Michael and All Angels, 1000 W. 18th St, Anniston