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Rochester Celebrity Organ Series

The Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series (RCORS) is administered by the Rochester AGO Chapter, collaborating with the Eastman School of Music, WXXI, and several local churches.

Together we bring to Rochester some of today’s leading concert organists to perform on our wide array of pipe organs.

Past performers have included Olivier Latry, Cherry Rhodes, and Thomas Trotter, among many others. As part of the collaboration, usually one of the concerts is performed by a member of the Eastman organ faculty as a benefit for the series.

The twofold aim of RCORS entails engaging the artist in a public recital as well as in a pedagogical setting. Eastman organ students have the opportunity to interact directly with the visiting organist in a masterclass in which players typically choose repertoire geared towards the artist’s specialty or area of expertise. Though intended for participation by Eastman organ students, Rochester AGO Chapter members and the general public are welcome and encouraged to attend these masterclasses for an enhanced weekend of pipe organ discovery!

Tickets to RCORS concerts may be purchased at the door, one hour prior to the performance. Now accepting card.

Tickets: $12 regular/ $10 Senior and AGO member /$5 students

RCORS Season Flyer and Donor Form, 2020-2021

Upcoming RCORS Events

November 20, 2020 @ 7:30PM — RCORS Presents The Eastman Five: In Virtual Concert

ROCHESTER, NY – The Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series (RCORS) is pleased to
present a virtual concert of five Eastman organists who will perform on several historic
instruments in the Rochester area, including those housed at Third Presbyterian Church, St.
Paul’s Cathedral, and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Canandaigua, NY. Organists Ryan Chan,
Daniel Chang, James Kealey, Jiaqi Shao, and Jennifer Shin were five of nine young organists
chosen to be semi-finalists in the prestigious National Young Artists Competition in Organ
Performance before its cancelation due to COVID-19. Now, these organists have been given a
second chance to perform as guests for the first concert of our 2020-2021 season. Please join us
at rocago.org on November 20 at 7:30pm for our season premiere.

Ryan Chan is a DMA degree candidate at the Eastman School of Music, where he studies with
David Higgs. He completed his MM degree in 2019 at the same school. A native of Hong
Kong, China, he started learning the piano at age 5 and attained two performance diplomas in
piano from Trinity College London by the age of 16. He won first-prize at the 2018 Poister
Organ Competition and has presented solo recitals at Syracuse University, Church of the
Covenant Cleveland, and the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, to name a few. In the 2020/21
academic year, Ryan will serve as a VanDelinder fellow at Christ Church Rochester.
Daniel Chang is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in the studio of David Higgs. He began his
music studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Department where he
studied composition with Michael Kaulkin and piano with June Choi Oh. He continued his
education at the San Francisco Conservatory for a B.M.A. in composition studying composition
with David Conte and piano with Alla Gladysheva. Daniel served as organ scholar at St.
Dominic’s Catholic Church in San Francisco under Simon Berry. At Eastman, Daniel was
awarded the Gerald Barnes Prize and the Cochran Prize for excellence in pipe organ. Daniel was
awarded Third Prize in the National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance at the 2018
National Convention for the American Guild of Organists and was a finalist for the one held this
past year. Daniel is currently Director of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Canandaigua,
New York.

James Kealey is Associate Director of Music/Organist at Third Presbyterian Church in
Rochester, NY. Here, James oversees and co-ordinates the children’s music ministry, assists in
the running of youth music, and accompanies the Chancel Choir. Recently completing the
Master of Music degree in the studio of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music, James was
Music Minister at Church of the Ascension, where he oversaw the senior choir, and began both a
youth choir and a yearly arts festival. A native Brit, James has held positions at Chester,
Blackburn, Wells, and Sheffield Cathedrals. James has performed most recently at Westminster
Abbey, England; St John the Divine, NYC; and Hereford Cathedral. Future recitals include St
Philip’s Cathedral, Atlanta, GA, and Church of the Covenant, Cleveland, OH at the OHS
Convention in 2021. James was recently placed as a semifinalist in the American Guild of
Organists NYACOP Competition. James is the current Sub-Dean for the Rochester AGO
Chapter.

Jiaqi Shao completed her BM degree (with distinction) in 2019 at the Eastman School of Music.
She is currently pursuing a MM degree in Organ Performance and Literature in the studio of
Professor David Higgs. Born in 1997 in Shanghai, China, Jiaqi began studying piano at the age
of four and has studied organ since 2011. Jiaqi is the first-place winner of the 2017 RCYO
Regional Competition in Montreal and has performed on many occasions, including “Pipedreams
Organ Concerts” in Rochester, the AGO/Quimby Rising Stars Recital in 2018 AGO National
Convention, and the 2019 AGO Northeast Regional Convention Opening Service. Jiaqi was
selected as the youngest and one of the nine finalists in 2020 National Young Artists
Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) and received “Semi-final Prize” as the semifinal
and final rounds were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jennifer Shin is pursuing a DMA at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of David Higgs.
She recently completed her master’s degree at Eastman in 2020, following her Bachelor of Music
degree at the University of Michigan. During her time in Michigan, she held the position of
Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills and participated in the University
of Michigan’s University Choir and Early Music Choir both as accompanist and singer. In
addition to being a recent NYACOP semifinalist, other competition awards include first place in
the AGO/Quimby RCYO in Seattle chapter (2015) and San Diego chapter (2013) and second
place in the Regional AGO/Quimby RCYO (Region IX) in 2013. She has been awarded the E.
Power Biggs Fellowship to attend the 2016 OHS Convention in Philadelphia and has participated
in masterclasses with Diane Belcher, James David Christie, Vincent Dubois, Alan Morrison,
Daniel Roth and Ann Elise Smoot, among others.

The Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series (RCORS) is administered by the Rochester chapter
of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), collaborating with the Eastman School of Music,
WXXI, and several local churches to invite some of today’s leading concert organists to perform on Rochester’s rich array of pipe organs. More information on the concert series can be found at
rocago.org.

This virtual concert is free and available for viewing for one week after the premier date
at rocago.org/rcors. Suggested donations of $12 are welcome and made possible through our
website.

Past Recitalists

Todd Wilson (2009-10)
Michel Bouvard (2009-10)
Joan Lippincott (2009-10)
Cherry Rhodes (2010-11)
John Scott (2010-11)
Olivier Latry (2010-11)
Bruce Neswick (2011-12)
Janette Fishell (2011-12)
David Briggs (2011-12)
Ken Cowan (2012-13)
Stephen Tharp (2012-13)
Isabelle Demers (2012-13)
Edoardo Bellotti (2013-14)
Alan Morrison (2013-14)
Stefan Engels (2013-14)
Nathan Laube (2014-15)
Thomas Trotter (2014-15)
Thomas Murray (2014-15)
Diane Meredith Belcher (2015-16)
David Higgs (2015-16)
Bill Porter (2016-17)
Scott Dettra (2016-17)
Vincent Dubois (2016-17)
Stephen Tharp (2017-18)
Edoardo Bellotti (2017-18)
Bine Bryndorf (2017-18)
Renee Anne Louprette (2018-19)
Nathan Laube (2018-19)
Arvid Gast (2018-19)
Simon Johnson (2019-2020)
Michel Bouvard (2019-2020)