Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

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. Cash or check only, please.

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

RCORS Season Flyer and Donor Form, 2017–18

Upcoming RCORS Events

Nathan Laube
February 1, 7:30 PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
25 Westminster Road
Rochester, NY
Eastman organ faculty member Nathan J. Laube will be performing for the second concert of the 2018-19 Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series: a series where some of today’s leading organists perform on Rochester’s wide array of fine organs. Assistant Professor of Music at the Eastman School of Music and International Consultant in Organ Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK, Mr. Laube has quickly earned a place among the organ world’s elite performers. His brilliant playing has thrilled audiences and presenters across four continents, and his creative programming of repertoire spanning five centuries, including his own virtuoso transcriptions of orchestral works, have earned high praise from critics and peers alike.
Arvid Gast
Recital, April 12, 7:30 PM
Masterclass, April 11, 6:00-8:00 PM
Christ Church
141 East Ave.
Rochester, NY
The Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series is pleased to present Arvid Gast, Director of the Church Music Institute at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck, and Titular Organist of the historic Stellwagen organ in St. Jakobi, Lübeck. Gast has won numerous international organ competitions, and is an oft-invited juror for many distinguished international competitions in Europe. His numerous recordings, concert invitations and interpretation courses at home and abroad attest to his abilities as an eminent recitalist and pedagogue, and he is currently a foremost interpreter of German Romantic music. 

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)