Knowles Memorial Chapel

Hamilton Holt broke racial barriers through education, service

February 13, 2019

This month is Black History Month, a perfect time to look back to 1949 when Hamilton Holt, Rollins’ eighth president, awarded a female civil rights leader an honorary degree, raising standards for institutions across the country.   Holt’s activism was evident in his friendship and academic correspondence with Mary McLeod Bethune, known for her accomplishments […]

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Bach Festival welcomes Organist Todd Wilson

February 23, 2017

The plangent and multi-hued sounds of Knowles Memorial Chapel’s pipe organ filled the air last Friday, controlled by the sure hands (and feet) of Todd Wilson. The head of the Organ Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Wilson is a consummate organist and—interestingly for a classically-trained musician—a fluent improviser. Wilson, whose nephew is a […]

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Rollins hosts Bach Festival

February 17, 2016

After informal events earlier in the week, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park opened its 81st annual Bach Festival on Friday evening with a recital by Canadian virtuoso Ken Cowan on Knowles Memorial Chapel’s treasured organ, a resonant pipe behemoth controlled by a four-manual keyboard console. Though it underwent renovations in the early 2000s, […]

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Paul McCartney gives Rollins private session

October 29, 2014

Gripping her vinyl copy of The White Album, Miola Aganović ‘17 was spellbound by her most beloved musician and admitted that she sobbed during his performance of “Blackbird.” Sitting in the front row, a couple feet away from Paul McCartney was the most special thing that has happened to me,” Aganović said. “My dad and […]

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