Johan Botes
Johan Botes will open the 2017-18 Concert series at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. on Oct. 1.
PipeSounds celebrating 15 years of music

The Putnam Herald
Friday, September 15, 2017

HURRICANE - The 15th year of the PipeSounds Concert Series at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church will have a worldly start on Oct. 1, when South Africa native Dr. Johan Botes performs.

Botes kicks off the 2017-2018 PipeSounds Concert Series at 3 p.m. on Oct. 1.

Botes, who currently teaches piano at Marshall University, was invited to share his extraordinary versatility as a collaborative musician on the world-class Harrah Symphonic Organ at the church, located at 2848 Putnam Ave. in Hurricane.

A native of South Africa, Botes showed musical promise from an early age and he received many notable awards in his native country, according to a news release from PipeSounds. In 2008, Botes moved to Europe and continued his studies in London.

As a soloist, Botes has performed in venues worldwide. He has collaborated with world-famous orchestras and musicians, winning numerous competitions.

As an equally accomplished organist, Botes won many awards in South Africa, including an Overseas Music Scholarship in Organ.

He is currently assistant professor of piano at Marshall University in Huntington, where he leads the class piano program. Before Marshall, Botes was lecturing in piano, group and collaborative piano at The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

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