GW Gathers to Celebrate Dean Roy Guenther's 40 Years of Service

Dean Roy Guenther
December 10, 2013

As another semester at GW came close to an end, crowds gathered in Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre to attend Celebrating 40 Years of Service – A Roy Guenther Celebration, a concert honoring the service given to GW by CCAS Executive Associate Dean Roy Guenther.

Dean Roy Guenther began teaching in the Department of Music in 1974, and later served as Department Chair for 22 years, before rising to his current position of Executive Associate Dean of GW's largest academic unit, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.  Formerly a trombonist with the United States Marine Band, Dean Guenther has performed as a soloist, and with chamber ensembles and numerous orchestras and opera houses. He is also an organist and pianist, and has served Resurrection Lutheran Church in Arlington, Virginia as its Organist/Choirmaster since 1969. He and his wife, organist Eileen Morris Guenther, have presented numerous recitals of music for organ and trombone in the United States, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Brazil.

A Roy Guenther Celebration featured some of Dean Guenther’s favorite works and composers, performed by esteemed GW faculty and visiting artists, many of which Dean Guenther had originally hired! Musical performances included Gabaye’s Boutade by Robert Birch, trumpet and Molly Orlando, piano; Parris’ Fantasy and Fugue, 1964 by Lori Barnet, cello; Debussy’s  Reflets dans l’eau and L’isle joyeuse by Malinee Peris, piano; Rachaninov’s Zdes Khorosho Op.21, No.7 and Ne poi, krasavitsa, prim mne Op.4, No.4, and Rimsky-Koraskov’s Na Kholmakh Gruzii Op.3, No.4 and Krasavitsa Op.51, No.4 by Millicent Scarlett, voice; Beginnings and Endings, arranged by Professors Peter Fraize, Steve Hilmy and James Levy; Tchaikovsky’s Lenksy’s Aria by Robert Baker, voice and Eileen Guenther, piano; and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in g minor, Op.57 by the Aeolus Quartet and Jeffery Watson, piano.

Dean Guenther will retire at the end of 2013. The Department of Music cannot thank him enough for his excellent service not only to our Department but also to the whole GW community.