Pianist, vocalist Saik to perform on Gulf Coast

2/27/2009

Nashville recording artist Paul Saik will present two concerts March 8 at Ocean Springs St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Saik, a vocalist and pianist, is scheduled to perform at the 11 a.m. service on the East Campus and at 3 p.m. on the downtown campus.

A native of Jackson, Saik began playing piano at age 3 and spent much of his time performing in church. His first church position came at the age of 13 as the church pianist at First Baptist Church in Pearl. He started playing the organ at age 16.

Saik studied piano and organ at Mississippi College and received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano, winning several awards and competitions. He also studied at the University of London. A Pressar Scholar, Saik furthered his education at Baylor University, where he received a Masters of Music degree in church music and organ.        

A versatile singer, Saik has performed with opera companies throughout the United States and around the world. But after many years of performing on some of the biggest stages in the world, Saik realized that the successes of his career could not outweigh the stresses and challenges that he faced every day. Saik has recorded seven CDs.

Admission is free. A love offering will be collected for Saik, who has waived his professional fees for each event. The downtown campus is located at 800 Porter St.; East campus is on the corner of Mississippi 57 and U.S. 90 (Bienville Boulevard). For information, call the church office at 228-875-5701.