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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, 2018–19

Upcoming RCORS Events

RCORS Presents: Chelsea Chen

ROCHESTER, NY – Please join us May 1st at 7:30pm as American concert organist and composer Chelsea Chen closes out the 2019-2020 season of the Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series (RCORS). Ms. Chen specializes in programs that combine traditional organ repertoire with contemporary music to showcase each organ she plays. She will be playing a Parsons Organ, Op. 41 (2015) housed at the United Church in Canandaigua, NY. 

Ms. Chen’s concert is associated with the 10-year anniversary of RCORS, and will be preceded by a celebratory banquet hosted by the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. For those interested in attending and supporting the series, please contact the dean of the chapter, Keith Reas, at keith.reas at gmail.com for more details.

Praised by The Los Angeles Times for her “rare musicality” and “lovely lyrical grandeur,” and a compositional style that is “charming” and “irresistible,” Chelsea Chen’s dynamic playing has taken her to the far corners of the world. Recent highlights include performing with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (a traditional Chinese instruments ensemble). Her recent performance with the Lou Harrison Festival Rutgers Orchestra at Trinity Wall Street in Manhattan was hailed by the New York Times as one of the top ten classical events of 2017.  In 2019, she performed one of the inaugural concerts on St. Thomas Church’s new Dobson organ in New York City. She has also been a featured artist in festivals in Beijing, China, Uppsala, Sweden, and Stuttgart, Germany.

Ms. Chen originally hails from San Diego but moved to Taiwan under a Fulbright scholarship after college, where she collected folk songs and wrote organ solo and chamber music. She returned to the U.S. to study with Thomas Murray at Yale University, where she earned an Artist Diploma. In 2009, Wayne Leupold Editions published her composition “Taiwanese Suite” to great acclaim. Ms. Chen has recorded five CDs. Her playing has been aired on CNN.com, “Pipedreams” from American Public Media, Hawaii Public Radio, and Taiwan’s Good News Radio. Committed to new music, she has premiered works by composers throughout the world including Ola Gjeilo (Norway/USA), Yui Kitamura (Japan/USA), Paul Desenne (Venezuela), Roderick Gorby (USA), Vincent Rone (USA), and Viviane Waschbüsch (Germany). Her compositions are available exclusively from Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc.

From 2013-2017, Ms. Chen was Artist-in-Residence at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, where she performed and directed the Concert Series. She currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.

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 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.

Tickets may be purchased at the door half an hour in advance of the concert. Suggested donation is $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and AGO members, and $5 for students. Card accepted.

Chelsea Chen
Concert: May 1, 2020, 7:30PM

Masterclass: May 2, 2020, time and location TBA.
United Church of Canandaigua
11 E Gibson St.
Canandagua, NY 14424

RCORS Chelsea Chen Poster

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)