Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

Current Students



Chelsea Barton is currently pursuing a Doctorate with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  Chelsea holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Performer’s Certificate from Eastman, having studied organ, harpsichord, and improvisation with William Porter.  Following her undergraduate education, she completed a year of study with Michel Bouvard, Yasuko Bouvard, and Jan Willem Jansen at the Conservatoire Rayonnement Regionale in Toulouse, France.  She completed a Masters at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, as a student of Hans-Ola Ericsson and Hank Knox.  In October 2015, Chelsea won third prize in the Bach/Liszt International Organ Competition held in Erfurt, Germany.  In August 2012, Chelsea was awarded second prize in the Arp Schnitger International Organ Competition held in Bremen.  She won second prize in the Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition and first prize in the West Chester International Organ Competition.  Chelsea also enjoys woodland walks, gardening, and birdwatching.


Ivan Bosnar, a native of Croatia, is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Organ Performance at the Eastman School of Music, where he studies organ with Nathan Laube and improvisation with Edoardo Bellotti and William Porter. He took his first organ lessons at Vatroslav Lisinski School of Music in Zagreb where he studied with Jasna Šumak-Picek. Following high school, he studied organ at Zagreb Music Academy with Mario Penzar and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz with Ulrich Walther. Ivan won First Prize in the Croatian Organ Student Competition in 2009, and Second Prize and Audience Prize in the University of Michigan Organ Improvisation Competition in 2016. He has appeared in several organ festivals, both in Croatia and abroad (Požega Cathedral, Zagreb Cathedral, Loretto, Graz, Pecs, Berlin). He has collaborated with the Croatian Military Symphony Orchestra and the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra. As a church musician, he served as an organist at St. Peter’s Church in Zagreb and at St. Mary’s Church in Zaprešić, Croatia. He currently serves as Associate Music Director and Organist at St. Boniface, St. Mary’s, and Blessed Sacrament Church in Rochester, New York.


Oliver Brett is a doctoral student of David Higgs. Born in the UK in 1985, he was organ scholar of King’s College, Cambridge between 2004 and 2007, where he received his degree in music. In 2006, he was heard by millions worldwide when he played for A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Since then, he has held positions at Westminster Cathedral, Durham Cathedral and most recently, at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, where he spent four years as Assistant Director of Music. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists before leaving high school, passing the diploma with top prizes. He has studied the organ with Sarah Baldock, Thomas Trotter, David Briggs and Dame Gillian Weir. As an accompanist and recitalist, Oliver has performed at many venues across five continents, most notably the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; the Royal Albert Hall, London; the Seoul Arts Centre in South Korea,; the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore; the Baltic States; the Festival of Sacred Music in Ecuador; as well as venues across the USA including Washington National Cathedral and St Thomas’, Fifth Avenue, NYC. As a continuo player, he has performed with ensembles such as the Philharmonia, Bitten Sinfonia, Florilegium, the Academy of Ancient Music and the Armonico Consort. Oliver has recently released his first solo organ CD, recorded on the organ of St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney.

Ryan Chan is a Master’s degree candidate in the studio of Professor David Higgs. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Hong Kong, majoring in Food & Nutritional Sciences and minoring in Music. He first took piano lessons at the age of 5 and has been awarded ATCL and LTCL in Piano Performance by the age of 16. He started playing the organ since high school, where he served as the school’s organist. He later served as the organist of Union Church Hong Kong. Back in his hometown, Ryan studied the organ with Wong Wai-chung and Anne Cheuk-bun Lam. He also studied intensively with Melbourne-based organist Jennifer Chou during his study exchange in Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Apart from playing solo repertoire, he is a keen chamber musician, having served as a piano accompanist for both instrument and voice in many concerts, exams and competitions. He had been a keyboardist in the HKU Early Music Ensemble, where he studied continuo playing with Shane Levesque and had masterclass with harpsichordist Arnaud de Pasquale. Ryan is also a skilled flute and gamelan player, and he enjoys travelling, visiting museums, and going to coffee shops.


A native of San Francisco, California, Daniel Chang is a Master’s degree 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. While at the conservatory, he participated in numerous masterclasses by leading composers, including John Adams, and also attended the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France where he studied with composer Narcis Bonet. After graduating from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Daniel began studying organ under the direction of Simon Berry and served as organ scholar at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in San Francisco. Daniel is currently organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Canandaigua, New York.

Raelynn S. Clare is in her first year of graduate study at Eastman, where she is studying organ and harpsichord with Dr. Edoardo Bellotti. She earned her B.A. in music from Whittier College where she studied organ with Dr. Orpha Ochse and Dr. Frances Nobert, and piano with Robert MacSparren. Many years later, she continued her organ study with Dr. Ladd Thomas and piano with Dennis Alexander and Dr. Egle Januleviciute. In pursuing her other passion, education, she completed a M.A. in Teaching from Azusa Pacific University. In addition to classroom teaching and maintaining a private piano studio, she worked as organist for churches in Ventura County,
California, including Camarillo United Methodist Church, Mission San Buenaventura, First Church of Christ, Scientist (Ojai), and as organist/choir director of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (Ojai). She was director of the Ojai Handbell Ringers and an active collaborative pianist for chamber concerts and local musical productions. She was most recently a featured soloist with
the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra performing Organ Concerto No. 1 by Joseph Rheinberger (2011) and Concerto for Organ, Harp & Strings by Howard Hanson (2013), and in a joint recital with organist Philip Smith, sponsored by the Los Angeles and Ventura Chapters of the American Guild of Organists (2016).


Meg Cutting is an undergraduate student at the Eastman School of Music, pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance in the studio of Nathan Laube. Meg is from Salem-Keizer, Oregon, and began studying piano at the age of six. She previously studied piano under the instruction of Pamela Miller, adding pipe organ at age twelve. She has participated in various festivals and summer music programs throughout her musical career. Meg is a recipient of the International Baccalaureate Diploma, after completing the program at South Salem High School. She was also selected as an E. Power Biggs Fellow for the 2015 OHS convention in Western Massachusetts. Before coming to Eastman, Meg was the organist at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Woodburn, Oregon, a position she held for two and a half years. In addition to this, she was a part-time organist at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salem. Currently, she is the organist at Our Lady of Victory / St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in downtown Rochester, a position she has held since fall of 2015. Since beginning her studies at Eastman in 2014, Meg has developed a particular interest in the music of twentieth-century French organ composers, such as Messiaen, Alain, and Tournemire. 


Jacob Dassa is pursuing a BM in Organ Performance in the studio of Professor David Higgs. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Jacob began his musical studies at the age of five on the piano. He competed and performed in regional and state-wide festivals throughout his childhood until 2012, when he began studying piano performance at Interlochen Arts Academy under the instruction of Dr. Michael Coonrod. Jacob pursued Organ Performance in the summer of 2013 with Professor Cherry Rhodes from USC Thornton School of Music. He continued with his organ studies at Interlochen Arts Academy with Mr. Thomas Bara from 2013-2014. During the summer of 2015, Jacob was the summer music intern at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sarasota, Florida.  Jacob served as the organist at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church from 2016-2017.  Jacob currently serves as the Music Ministry Intern at Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester.  Jacob enjoys collaborative work including chamber music, basso continuo, and choral accompaniment.

Isaac Drewes is a first year masters candidate at Eastman School of Music, where he studies organ with Prof. David Higgs. He is also the organist at Greece Baptist Church in Greece, NY. He earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, where he studied organ with Dr. Catherine Rodland. There, he also studied piano and voice, and sang in St. Olaf Cantorei. Additionally, Isaac was the Organ Scholar at St. Louis, King of France Catholic Church in St. Paul, MN for three years. He is the winner of the 2016 Twin Cities AGO Student Competition, and the recipient of the 2017 Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Graduate Scholarship and the 2015 Ruth and Paul Manz Scholarship.

Isaac is an active performer around the country. In 2016 and 2017, he performed for the Organ Historical Society Convention, held in Philadelphia, PA and the Twin Cities, MN respectively. Other venues include Central Synagogue in New York City, West Side Presbyterian in Ridgewood, NJ, Christ Church in Tacoma, WA, and St. Mark’s Cathedral, in Seattle, WA. In addition to performing, Isaac has served on the board of the North-Central American Guild of Organists Young Organists Division, and was an E. Power Biggs Fellow at the Organ Historical Society convention in 2015. He has also served as an Organ Scholar for the Charlotte and Pacific Northwest Royal School of Church Music courses. When not at the organ bench, Isaac enjoys bicycling and hiking in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Joshua Ehlebracht is an undergraduate student at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Professor Nathan Laube. Joshua began his musical studies when he was 6 years old on the piano, and then began taking organ lessons from Dr. Peter Nikiforuk when he was 11. Joshua is from Kitchener, Ontario in Canada and has been performing in recitals around his home town at many large churches such as Metropolitan United Church in Toronto, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto, and St. Peter’s Lutheran church Kitchener. He is also a recurring performer in the RCCO hosted annual Phantoms of the Organ recital in Toronto, on Canada’s largest pipe organ. In 2016, he was awarded second place in the Royal Canadian College of Organist’s Fairclough Competition. Joshua, at the age of 16, was appointed music director of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church Kitchener, after many previous years of supply work around the region. In 2016, he attended the Eastman Summer Academy for High School Organists, where he had the opportunity to study with Nathan Laube and Stephen Kennedy. Joshua also had the opportunity to study with Didier Matry in 2014, at St. Augustin in Paris, France, on the grand Cavaille-Coll pipe organ.

Jacob Fuhrman is a DMA candidate in organ performance at the Eastman School of Music, where he studies with Edoardo Bellotti. He has studied piano from age five and organ from age ten, playing for his first church services at First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen, South Dakota, in 2002. His Bachelor of Music degree is from Wheaton College (IL), where he studied organ and harpsichord with Dr. Edward Zimmerman. He earned the Master of Music degree from Eastman in 2014, studying organ with Edoardo Bellotti and Michel Bouvard and improvisation with William Porter. Additional coachings and masterclasses have been with David Higgs, Christa Rakich, William Bolcom, and Hans Davidsson (organ); Edoardo Bellotti (harpsichord); and Joel Speerstra (clavichord). At Eastman, he has taught undergraduate aural skills courses and organ lessons, worked as a continuo accompanist in the early music department, and currently serves as Professor Bellotti’s assistant. He is Organist and Director of Liturgical Music at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Penfield, NY.
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Thomas Gaynor studies with Prof. David Higgs in both the DMA and Artist’s Certificate programs. Born in New Zealand, he began his organ studies at Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul, working with Michael Fulcher first as an organ scholar and later as honorary sub-organist. His undergraduate studies were completed at the New Zealand School of Music under Douglas Mews. Thomas is the first-place winner of a number of international competitions, including St Albans 2017, Erfurt/Weimar Bach-Liszt 2015, and Sydney 2015. He can be heard in recital regularly across the USA, Europe and Australasia. Currently, he is associate director of music at Christ Episcopal Church in Pittsford, NY. Thomas has participated in masterclasses with many of today’s most influential artists, including Michel Bouvard, Cameron Carpenter, James David Christie, Ken Cowan, Olivier Latry, Jean-Baptiste Robin, Jaques Van Oortmerssen, Stephen Tharp and Harald Vogel.

Thomas is a grateful recipient of an Arts Excellence Award from the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, the Creative New Zealand Aotearoa Scholarship, the Kiwi music scholarship, a Freemasons University Scholarship and the Maxwell Fernie Trust Scholarship.

Alessio Giacobone earned his Artist Diploma in Organ and Organ Composition at the Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella in Napoli, Italy, where he also studied piano and general composition. He has taken several master classes on early music repertoire all over Europe with world-class musicians and in 2007 he was awarded at the National Organ Competition “Città di Viterbo” (Italy). He has regularly performed across his country on prominent concert series, including “Natalis Loci” in Ravello, a world-renowned musical stage.  Alessio has also worked as an organ builder for several years: initially in his country, then in the United States, where he moved in 2015 to work with Taylor and Boody Organbuilders, a world class company known for its amazing tracker instruments, located in Staunton, VA. He has been serving as a church organist since he was 16. Currently he is pursuing his MM in Edoardo Bellotti’s studio, and is Director of Music at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Rochester, NY.

Alex Gilson grew up in Southeast Texas with his parents and two siblings. He studied piano and organ with the late Hugh Thompson and Cello with Thomas Schroeder in Beaumont, Texas. During his high school education at Orangefield High School, he worked at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church as organist. After the passing of Hugh Thompson, he studied with Dr. Crista Miller in Houston. For his senior year of high school, Alex studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with Dr. Timothy Olsen. For his undergraduate studies, Alex attended the University of North Texas studying organ with Dr. Jesse Eschbach. While at UNT he worked as Organ Scholar at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas under the direction of Scott Dettra and Graham Schulz. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance and one in Jazz Studies from UNT. He is currently enrolled at the Eastman School of Music as a graduate student in Professor Edoardo Bellotti’s studio.

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Nathaniel Gumbs is a native of the Bronx, NY and is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, studying with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He received the Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from Yale University and Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. His former teachers include Martin Jean and Steven Cooksey. As a young artist, Gumbs has performed recitals throughout the United States and has played on many historic instruments in Paris and Rome with Shenandoah Conservatory and Berlin, Munich, and Leipzig with Yale Institute of Sacred Music. His playing has been described by music critics as “mature, lyrical, accurate and energetic.” Nathaniel was recently mentioned in the New York Times for playing with “deft and feeling” on his duo recording with bass-baritone, Dashon Burton. Earlier this spring, he was featured on the American Public Radio broadcasting, Pipedreams Live. Nathaniel is also a recipient of the Service Playing and Colleague Certificates from the American Guild of Organists. He is currently the Director of Music and Arts and Church Organist at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC.


Benjamin Henderson is from Middletown, CT and is in pursuit of his Bachelors (BM) in Organ Performance in The studio of Nathan Laube. He has been Assistant Youth Organist (Organ Scholar) at First Church of Christ in Wethersfield for three years, having studied organ with David Spicer for four years. He has been an accompanist for Middletown Public School’s Choirs and many other organizations, including the Wethersfield Teen Theater, the Greater Middletown Chorale, and the Greater Meriden Chorale. In the Spring of 2015, Ben was an organ soloist with the New Haven Symphony at the Bushnell in Hartford.  For two summers he was a recipient of the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ Scholarship, which allowed him to study with Alan Morrison, Peter Conte and Matthew Glandorf at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.  During his time in Philadelphia, Ben had the opportunity to play the largest fully functioning pipe organ in the world – the Wanamaker Organ in the Grand Court of Macy’s Department Store. Ben has also had the opportunity to work with Isabelle Demers in a masterclass. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Roberta Bitgood scholarship for young organists. Ben has sung tenor in many choirs, including the MIddletown High School Chamber Choir and the Greater Middletown Chorale (auditioned adult choir) where he is section leader. He made All-State Mixed Choir three times in his high school career and All-National Honors Ensemble in Tennessee where he performed at The Grand Ole Opry. Ben enjoys performing in theater productions as well. Some of his favorite roles include Colin Craven in The Secret Garden, Sir Evelyn Oakley in Anything Goes, Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie and Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls.


Jeremy Paul Jelinek is student in the organ studio of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. From 2016-2017 he studied with Olivier Latry and Michel Bouvard at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP), receiving the highest distinction (prix) of très bien each in Gregorian Chant, organ performance, French language, and organ improvisation. During his stay, his concert venues included St-Ouen, Rouen, the Royal Chapel of Versailles, Notre Dame de Paris, among several others. In 2015, he received First Prize in the RCYO Quimby Mid-Atlantic Region Competition, for which he performed in two “Rising Star” recitals for the 2016 Houston, Texas National Convention of the AGO. Among all, Sacred Music is his truest joy. Jeremy has developed a keen interest and extensive study in French Classical organ music. During his time in Paris, he maintained a rigorous study of Gregorian Chant at l’école du Chœur Grégorien de Paris. He has held various church posts at Calvary Church, St. Andrew’s, and St. Anthony’s Chapel (Pittsburgh). From 2014 to 2016, he was Roy E. Vandelinder, Jr. Fellow and member of the Schola Cantorum of Christ Church, downtown Rochester. There, in 2015, he was the first recipient of the “Hook and Hastings Prize” in recognition for “extraordinary improvisation and composition skills and work with the Youth Ensemble.” In 2016, he was awarded the distinguished Roy E. Vandelinder Jr. Prize. Finally, Jeremy is a composer, notably of choral works, and has written for several ensembles.


Originally from London, Alex Jones is currently studying for a Masters in Organ Performance Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York in the studio of Prof. Edoardo Bellotti.

He began his career by gaining a scholarship place to study at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, UK and was Junior Organ Scholar at Manchester Cathedral. Whilst in Manchester, he performed in the Cathedral’s concert series and made several appearances at the Bridgewater Hall and Royal Northern College of Music. He is a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, UK. In 2013, he was awarded the Anne & Don Smith Memorial Organ Scholarship to Birmingham Symphony Hall. During this tenure, he collaborated alongside a wide variety of artists and has been responsible for curating the hall’s superb Klais organ. In 2014, he was awarded the Organ Department Recital Prize and was also awarded a grant from the Birmingham Organists Association Leonard Gibbons’ Fund to aid with the completion of a new transcription for organ of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”.

In recent years, he has performed around the Netherlands making appearances at the Grote Kerk in Zwolle and the Eindhoven Muzeiksaal. He has also performed in major UK venues including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Royal Festival Hall, Westminster Central Hall and St. John Smith Square, London. He has also appeared as a guest speaker at Southbank Centre’s “Pulling out the Stops” festival celebrating the re-inauguration of the Royal Festival Hall organ.

During his time in the US he has performed at the 2016 EROI Festival and has been awarded both the Runner-Up Prize at the West Chester University International Organ Competition in Pennsylvania and the First Prize in the American Theatre Organ Society’s National Competition in Tampa, FL. He is now in demand as an active Theatre Organist, with performances at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester and the Tampa Theatre in Tampa, FL to his credit. He is now scheduled to play concerts at Balboa Park, San Diego as well as Dickinson High School in Wilmington, DE and the Warren Centre for the Performing Arts in Indianapolis next year.

Alex currently holds the position of Organist at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Rochester, NY.


Chase Loomer is a senior at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he studies organ performance with David Higgs. A native of Charlotte, NC, Chase was awarded first prize in the 2015 AGO/Quimby Southeast Regional Competition for Young Organists and has been a prizewinner at several other competitions throughout the southeast, including the Columbia and Winston-Salem AGO competitions. Chase was also the winner of the Sarasota-Manatee AGO Chapter Competition. In high school, he was a five time Stigall Scholarship recipient. Chase has served as the interim organist at Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC and as a VanDelinder Fellow at Christ Church in Rochester, NY, where he was awarded the inaugural Casparini Prize for excellence in organ performance. Currently, he is the Assistant Organist at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Greece, NY. Chase has also served as a summer music intern at Covenant Presbyterian Church and Christ Episcopal Church, both in Charlotte, NC. His previous organ teachers include Dr. Patrick Scott and Dr. Katie Ann McCarty, and he studied piano with Dr. Dylan Savage and the late Dr. Ruskin Cooper. Chase has an interest in jazz piano and was a member of one of the Eastman jazz ensembles in 2015. As a singer, Chase was selected for NC Governor’s School in 2012 and currently sings in the Eastman Repertory Singers and Christ Church Schola Cantorum. He was featured in the Rising Star series at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston and attended the 2016 OHS Convention as an E. Power Biggs Fellow. In addition, he was a featured young artist at the 2017 Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced in Birmingham, Alabama.

Thatcher Lyman holds degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory in Oberlin, OH, the University of York, England, and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he is pursuing a DMA degree in Organ Performance with David Higgs.  His past organ teachers include Hans Davidsson, James David Christie, and Haskell Thomson.  In 2009, Thatcher received Eastman’s Gerald Barnes Award for Excellence in Pipe Organ.  He was a finalist for the 2010 John R. Rodland Memorial Scholarship and received third prize in the 2012 AGO NYACOP.  He is Director of Music at The Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word and Assistant Director of the Schola Cantorum of Christ Church, both in downtown Rochester, NY.

Malcolm Matthews holds both a Master’s Degree in Organ and Harpsichord Performance and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Having studied with David Higgs and Dr. William Porter, he is now in the second year of his studies pursuing a DMA and the Artist’s Certificate. His previous teachers include Dr. John Brock and Dr. William Porter, and Matthews has performed in masterclasses and participated in summer programs lead by such organists as Jacques van Oortmerssen, Harald Vogel, Hans Davidsson, Ken Cowan, Joan Lippincott, and Edoardo Bellotti.

Matthews particularly enjoys collaborative work and frequently answers calls to accompany both ensembles and soloists on a wide range of repertoire from Monteverdi to Rachmaninoff, and to Xenakis.

Matthews’ accomplishments include: First Place, 2013 Westfield International Organ Competition and Second Place, 2012 National Young Artist’s Competition in Organ Performance; Semi-finalist, 2016 International Bach Competition; Semi-finalist 2016 OSM Manulife Competition; First place, 2005 South-Eastern Region IV Young Organists Competition; and Semi-finalist, 2009 Concours international d’orgue de Lyon.

Daniel Minnick is pursuing a master’s degree in organ performance and literature in the studio of Professor Nathan Laube at the Eastman School of Music. Daniel began piano studies at the age of 7 in Australia, his homeland. He completed both a BMus and a MMus degree in Piano Performance at Bob Jones University in 2013 and 2016, respectively, where he studied piano with Professor David Lehman and organ with Dr. Ed Dunbar.  In 2013, Daniel participated in the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition and was the recipient of an encouragement award and a cash prize.  In 2015, he won the BJU Concerto and Aria Competition and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in E-flat Major, Op. 73 (“Emperor”) with the BJU Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his piano and organ studies, Daniel also enjoys the study of composition and working as piano technician.  In 2016, he completed the required examinations of the Piano Technician’s Guild to attain the status of Registered Piano Technician (RPT) within the PTG.

Amanda Mole is originally from Holden, Massachusetts and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate studying with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music. In 2011, Amanda graduated from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the School of Music with a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Sacred Music. During her time at Yale, Amanda studied organ with Martin Jean and Choral Conducting with Maggie Brooks, and was the only candidate in her class to receive the Church Music Studies Certificate for additional sacred music and theological studies. Prior to Yale, she obtained a Bachelor of Music degree with honors at Eastman while studying with William Porter, and, prior to Eastman, she studied with Larry Schipull and Patricia Snyder. Amanda has also completed the requirements for a minor in Choral Conducting during her doctorate. She has participated in masterclasses with several accomplished organists, including Jon Laukvik, Ludger Lohmann, Alan Morrison, Jacques van Oortmerssen, Stephen Tharp, Thomas Trotter, and Harald Vogel, among others.

Amanda has performed internationally at venues across the USA and Europe. In 2015, she was a featured performer at the New Haven Regional American Guild of Organists Convention. In 2016, she joined the roster of concert artists at the Organ Historical Society Convention in Philadelphia and received consistent excellent reviews in The American Organist, The Diapason, and The Tracker magazines, hailing her as a rising “star” and describing her as playing “with authority and flair.” Amanda has also been featured several times on the radio show Pipedreams LIVE! and has recorded a CD on the Naxos music label.

In September 2017, Amanda won First Prize at the 8th International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo in Japan, where she will return for a concert tour in 2019. She is the first-place and audience prize winner of the 2016 Miami International Organ Competition, and the first-place winner of the 2014 Arthur Poister Organ Competition, the 2014 John Rodland Memorial Organ Competition, and the 2014 Peter B. Knock Award. She was a finalist in the 2015 Bach-Liszt International Organ Competition in Erfurt, Germany, and in 2017, she served as a juror for the 24th annual L. Cameron Johnson Organ Competition in Storrs, CT. In 2016, Amanda was chosen as one of The Diapason magazine’s Top 20 Under 30, a feature that selects some of the most successful young artists in the field. Amanda is a six-time winner of the American Baptist Scholarship and an nine-time winner of the National Religious Music Week Scholarship.  She is the Director of Music at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Rochester, NY, and at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Webster, NY.


John Nothaft from Vienna, Virginia, is a second year master’s student in the studio of  David Higgs at The Eastman School of Music. A graduate from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Hutton Honors College, he studied with Janette Fishell. Former organ teachers include Colin Andrews, and Paul Skevington through the Potomac Organ Institute scholarship. John has studied sacred music with Bruce Neswick, Marilyn Keiser, Douglas Reed, and Robert Nicholls. He has studied piano with Marcia Chaplin and was awarded the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship. He has participated in master classes with John Ferguson, Jeremy Filsell, David Higgs, and Ben Hutto. John has attended the McGill Summer Organ Academy, Oundle Organ Festival, and Westminster Choir College Organ Institute. He has served as organ scholar for RSCM courses in Newport, RI and Houston, TX. In 2017, he was the first prize winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate Organ Competition and recipient of the NPM members scholarship. As an Oundle recital winner he performed recitals at Truro Cathedral and Chester Cathedral in the UK. He has recently performed at National City Christian in Washington, D.C, St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Louisville, KY, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, WA, St. Luke Catholic in Mclean, VA, Third Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO, and performed on Pipedreams Live for Michael Barone on Fisk Op.91 at Indiana University. He is a member of the AGO, NPM, OHS, and was recently a Biggs Fellow for the 2017 OHS convention in Minnesota. John is also an avid tennis player and USPTA-certified coach, and enjoys vocal accompaniment and reading.


Margaret-Mary Owens is a Master’s degree candidate and teaching assistant for Prof. Nathan Laube at the Eastman School of Music. She graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor’s of Music in Organ Performance at The Florida State University, where she studied organ and harpsichord under Dr. Iain Quinn. From 2011-2013, she maintained a private piano studio, and since 2012, she has held multiple church positions, most recently working as Organ Scholar at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tampa, FL. As an undergraduate, Owens was research assistant to Dr. Quinn’s editions of John Goss: Complete Anthems (2015) and [Arcangelo] Corelli’s Twelve Solos [Sonatas, op. 5], arranged by C. Czerny (2015), and later assisted in the editing of his book The Genesis and Development of an English Organ Sonata (2016). Her own article, “The Combination of Digital Communications: Music and the Telegraph in the 19th Century” (2016), was published in The OWL, an undergraduate FSU research journal. She has participated in improvisation and performance masterclasses by Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra and Dr. James Kibbie, respectively. Her awards include: several academic scholarships from both Eastman and FSU (2013-2017), the OHS Biggs Fellowship (2015), the Louise Weber Music Scholarship (2013), and in 2012 she took first place at the Tampa AGO chapter competition. Owens hopes to continue building her career as a teacher, performer, and researcher on various topics related to the historic organ.


Julian Petrallia is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance with Professor Nathan J. Laube at the Eastman School of Music. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, his family moved to Cape Cod when he was five years old. From a very young age he developed a passion for all things related to music. Julian began his musical studies at the age of eight with the classical flute. During his flute-playing career, he performed with numerous ensembles including the Cape Cod Conservatory Flute Choir, Cape Cod Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Chatham Town Band. In addition to playing regularly with these ensembles, he has also been awarded seats in several competition bands such as the Southeast Junior Concert Band and the Cape and Islands Concert Band. Julian began his organ studies at the age of 15 with Julianna Winchell. Soon after, he began working at the First Congregational Church of Chatham where he held the position of associate organist for six years. Currently, Julian serves as the organist at the First Baptist Church of Rochester, New York. As a recitalist, he has performed throughout Massachusetts and frequently appears in programs as a guest musician. Prior to studying at Eastman, Julian studied organ with Haskell Thomson, the former chair of the organ department at Oberlin Conservatory, and choral conducting with Joe Marchio, the conductor of the Chatham Chorale. Part of his personality is his immense love of nature, which leads him to pursue outdoor activities such as biking, fly fishing, and free diving during his free time.

Zhen Piao is a first year DMA candidate at Eastman School of Music, where he studies organ with Prof. Edoardo Bellotti. He was once an engineer, holding his bachelor’s degree from one of the top engineering schools in China. With all his inner passion, he turned to musical study during his master’s, when he finished his MA in piano performance with Prof. William Heiles and Artist Diploma in organ performance with Prof. Dana Robinson at University of Illinois. He is the recipient of the 2015 Marcella K. Brownson Memorial Fellowship and 2016 Merit-based Scholarship from University of Illinois.


Derek Remeš is a DMA candidate taking a leave of absence to complete a PhD in Music Theory at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, while also teaching there as a Lehrbeauftragter. While at Eastman, Derek studied with David Higgs for four years and Edoardo Bellotti for one year. He earned a MA in Music Theory Pedagogy in 2017, a MM in Organ in 2014, and two BM degrees in Composition and Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating summa cum laude in 2010. Derek earned Berklee’s highest honors in piano performance and composition, and won contests to premiere an original piano concerto, as well to compose his class’s commencement march. He represented Berklee on a Spanish tour, performing his own compositions.

Derek holds Eastman’s Performer’s Certificate for “outstanding performing ability” on the organ. He has presented his research at national and international conferences. He won the “Best Student Paper” awards at the Music Theory Society for New York State meeting in 2017 and the Pedagogy in Practice meeting in 2017. In 2017 Derek won Eastman’s Presser award to fund summer research in Germany in preparation for his dissertation, which will address eighteenth-century German figured-bass practices. In 2017 Derek was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda.

Derek began studying organ in 2011 with Dr. Catherine Rodland, and was the 2011-2012 organ scholar at St. Louis King of France Church in St. Paul, MN. He is a recipient of the 2013 Peter B. Knock Memorial Music Fund, second prize winner in the Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition (2013), and winner of the David Spicer Hymn Playing Award.

Caroline Robinson is pursuing the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance and Literature in the studio of David Higgs, having completed the Masters at Eastman in 2016. Originally from Greenville, SC, Caroline received her Bachelor of Music at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Alan Morrison. Upon being awarded a grant from the J. William Fulbright fellowship fund, Caroline spent the 2013-14 school year in Toulouse, France, where she studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional under Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen (organ), as well as Yasuko Bouvard (harpsichord). Caroline is the First Prize winner of the 11th Annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival (2008) and in the Tenth Annual West Chester University Organ Competition (2010). She was a quarterfinalist in the 2017 St. Albans International Organ Festival. As a young performer, Caroline has had the opportunity to perform at several important venues, including the famed Wanamaker organ at Macy’s (Philadelphia), Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), St. Thomas Fifth Avenue (NYC), Harvard Memorial Church (Cambridge, MA), and the Kauffman Center (Kansas City). She has given recitals at the 2015 AGO Region III Convention and the 2015 and 2016 OHS Conventions. She is the recipient of the 2016 Peter B. Knock Scholarship Fund award and was named one of 2016 “20 Under 30” in the profession by the Diapason magazine. She currently works as Assistant Organist to Director of Music Peter DuBois at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester. She also serves as the Executive Assistant for Outreach within Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI).


Karl Robson is a doctoral student of David Higgs. He serves as the Director of Music at Bethany Presbyterian Church, Rochester, New York. In 2012, he graduated magna cum laude with departmental distinction in Church Music and Organ Performance from St. Olaf College, where he was a student of Dr. Catherine Rodland. In 2014, he earned a Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature from Eastman. Karl is a recipient of the 2016 Ruth and Paul Manz Scholarship and the 2015 Peter B. Knock Award, as well as Eastman’s James B. Cochran Endowed Organ Prize (2016) and Gerald Barnes Award in Organ (2015).  He was a semi-finalist in the 2015 St. Alban’s International Organ Competition. He began his organ career at age 11, and previously studied with Lee Afdahl of First Presbyterian Church, Rochester (MN) and Dr. Dean Billmeyer of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. At St. Olaf, Karl served as a weekly organist for daily chapel services, worked as a Music Theory and Aural Skills teaching assistant, and sang in the St. Olaf Choir. He was honored to accompany the choir as organist on its 2011 domestic tour. At Eastman, he works as an Aural Skills teaching assistant, and teaches secondary organ. When not on the bench, Karl enjoys distance running, golfing, exploring nature (and wine) in the Finger Lakes, and watching classic film.

Angela Salcedo is the Organ Lecturer at the University of Connecticut as well as the Director of Music Ministries at First Church of Christ, Congregational, Glastonbury. As a frequent recitalist on organ and harpsichord, Ms. Salcedo currently performs with The Mostly Baroque Players, a Connecticut early music ensemble and with the newly formed ensemble, Amici Baroque Players.  Her extensive performance career has included recitals at AGO Conventions and Pipe Organ Encounters, as well as the premier organist for the 2001 Scranton Bach Festival in Pennsylvania and Malcolm Matthewsrecitalist on the highly acclaimed Summer Evening Organ Concerts at the Old West Church, Boston.  Her international studies at the Bach’s Organ World Tour of Germany (2010), Academy of Italian Organ Music, Pistoia, Italy (1988) and French Organ Music Seminar, France (1999) have included concerts on various instruments throughout the Tuscany area of Italy as well as Paris, Bordeaux and Toulouse, France. Ms. Salcedo was a first prize winner of the Strader Organ Competition, Cincinnati (1982) and was one of twenty-five organists chosen throughout the country to compete in the 1993 and 1995 National Young Players Competition.  Always an active member of the AGO, Ms. Salcedo was instrumental in organizing the first National Organ Competition for High School Students, The L. Cameron Johnson Memorial Organ Competition.  Ms. Salcedo earned degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music (MM) and The University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (BM).    Her teachers include James David Christie, Russel Saunders, Yuko Hayashi, Bill Porter, Roberta Gary, Guy Bovet and James Harrington.

Ivan Sarajishvili, a doctoral candidate at Eastman, was born in Tbilisi, Georgia (August 5, 1972) to a family deeply rooted in Georgian musical tradition. He started playing piano at the age of seven. After acquiring a university degree in International Law in 1994 (State University, Tbilisi), he was admitted to the Sacred Music Department of the State Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway. He also received an EU scholarship for historical performance studies at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, graduated with bachelor in Sacred Music in 2000, Master in Sacred Music in 2002 (Oslo) and was awarded Post Master Soloist Diploma in 2004 (Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen). His interest in early music and historical performance has been permanent. Ivan has been featured as a performer several times on BBC 3. He is currently the Music Director and Cathedral Organist at Stavanger Cathedral, Norway. Having sat on the program board of Norwegian Organ Festival since 2007, he also acts as Artistic director of the Summer Festival at Stavanger Cathedral.

Brian Schoettler is a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music where he studies organ with David Higgs. Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance, Church Music, and Instrumental Music Education from Carthage College and his Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Composition from Westminster Choir College. Brian has studied organ with Alan Morrison, Ken Cowan, Richard Hoskins, and Michael Burkhardt, improvisation with Edoardo Bellotti and Peter Richard Conte, and composition with Benjamin C.S. Boyle and Narcis Bonet. An avid composer, Brian has participated in summer composition programs at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music and the European American Musical Alliance’s Composition Program at the Schola Cantorum in Paris.

While in Rochester, Brian coordinated both the Going for Baroque and the Third Thursday concert series featuring Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ and served as Music Minister at Church of the Ascension (Episcopal). Brian now serves at Minister of Music/Organist at First United Methodist Church in Evanston, Illinois where he leads their music program and plays their two recently refurbished Austin organs (IV/76, II/13).  Recent awards include the 2015 Don Marler Church Music Scholarship and the winning entry of the Notre Dame Children’s Choir’s 2016 Hymn Competition.


Jiaqi Shao is pursuing her BM in Organ Performance in the studio of Professor David Higgs. She was born in 1997 in Shanghai, China, and began studying piano at the age of four. Jiaqi received third prizes in the children’s groups of the “Hailun” National Piano Keyboard Competition (2005) and the “Marshal” Shanghai Teenager Piano Competition (2007) in China, second prize in the 16th Annual Music Open Competition in the United States (2008), and first prize in the YangPu District Art Festival Piano Competition in Shanghai, China (2009). She studied in the Music Middle School (affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music) from 2009-2015. At school, she earned the People’s scholarship, and she also participated in concerts on many occasions. Jiaqi has studied organ since 2011, and was the winner of the teenage group in the Second International Electronic Organ Competition in Beijing, China in 2011. She has participated in masterclasses with Jacques van Oortmerssen and Olivier Latry.

At Eastman, Jiaqi performed in “Pipedreams Organ Concerts” in Rochester in April, 2016, and she received Eastman’s Gerald Barnes Award for Excellence in Pipe Organ in 2017. Jiaqi is the first-place winner of the 2017 AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists at Buffalo Chapter, and the first-place winner of the 2017 RCYO Regional Competition at the AGO Regional Convention in Montreal. Jiaqi was a VanDelinder Fellow at Christ Church Episcopal (Rochester, NY) from 2016 to 2017, and she currently works as an organist at Rochester Christian Reformed Church in Penfield, New York. Jiaqi also enjoys reading, traveling and improvising.

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Jacob Taylor is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance and Literature degree at the Eastman School of Music, studying organ with Professor David Higgs.  Jacob is the organ scholar at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester and the Utech Fellow in Sacred Music at Eastman.  Previously, he served as the Music Director and Organist at First Baptist Church of Penfield, where he conducted the choir and bell choir.  He has taught undergraduate music theory and aural skills as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University, Bloomington and as a Teaching Assistant at Eastman.  He holds the Master of Music in Organ degree from Indiana University and the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance degree from Wheaton College, IL.  He was a 2014 winner of the Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Scholarship awarded by the American Guild of Organists.

Henry Webb is a Freshman at the Eastman School of Music, studying Organ Performance with Nathan Laube. For the year following his high school graduation, Henry served as Organ Scholar at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas under the guidance of Graham Schultz and Scott Dettra. Henry began his music studies in late 2010 and his teachers have included Christina Harmon and Scott Dettra. In 2012, Henry received first prize in the Oklahoma City University High School Organ Competition. He has been featured as a recitalist in Texas and beyond, notably as part of the dedicatory series at the parish of Christ the King, Dallas, the Baylor University’s Pipedreams Live, and the 2016 East Texas Pipe Organ Festival. Henry has participated in numerous organ academies including the Oberlin Organ European Winter Term and Summer Academy, the Leipzig Europäische Orgelakademie, French and Spanish Organ Music Seminars, various Pipe Organ Encounters, and Curtis Institute Organ Camps. Henry also enjoys Astronomy, hiking, photography, and playing tennis. 

Madeleine Woodworth is a senior from Oak Park, Illinois, studying organ with Nathan J. Laube. She began piano studies at age 6 and organ at age 13, and, in May of 2014, she graduated as a music major from the Chicago Academy for the Arts. 

In the Chicago area, Madeleine has presented a solo recital at St. John Cantius Church, performed in the “Bach and Beyond” series at the Marmion Abbey, and appeared as a guest artist with the Gargoyle Brass Ensemble. She also gave a solo performance for the Organ Historical Society’s 2012 National Convention in Chicago.

After winning first place in the 2015 Great Lakes Regional Competition for Young Organists in Indianapolis, Madeleine was invited to give recitals for AGO chapters in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Colorado, and she was featured as a “Rising Star” in the American Guild of Organists’ National Convention in Houston in June 2016. In May 2016, Madeleine took first place in the Annual International Organ Competition in West Chester, Pennsylvania. In 2016-17, Madeleine served as one of three Roy E. VanDelinder, Jr., Fellows at Christ Church, Episcopal, in Rochester and was awarded the VanDelinder Prize in Liturgical Organ Skills.

In addition to organ, Madeleine enjoys choral singing and conducting. She sings in the Eastman Chorale and the Christ Church Schola Cantorum and recently participated in the Choral Pedagogy Institute at Westminster Choir College. Madeleine also is interested in new music. Along with Eastman composition student Wilhelmina Esary as her partner, Madeleine was chosen to participate in the American Guild of Organists’ 2017 Student Commissioning Project, performing Ms. Esary’s new piece for organ entitled, “On Track.”

Madeleine serves as treasurer for the Eastman Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota and has been active in student government and the Eastman Orientation Crew.

Alden Wright is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in the studio of Nathan Laube.  He is a native of Salisbury, North Carolina, where he studied organ with Dr. Phillip Burgess from 2012 to 2016 and piano with Diane Freeman from 2008-2012.  Alden was awarded first place in the 2014 Columbia, SC AGO Young Organist Competition and the 2016 University of North Carolina School of the Arts Organ Competition, as well as second in the Washington, DC AGO Franciscan Monastery Scholarship Competition in 2015.  Alden has performed in many student and solo recitals throughout the country, as well as many masterclasses and summer organ programs.  He was awarded the Robert and Ann Stigall Scholarship, sponsored by the Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists from 2013-2015, as well as the Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate studies.  Previously, Alden served as music director and organist at Milford Hills United Methodist Church in Salisbury from 2015-2016 and as an intern at Christ Church – Episcopal in Rochester under the VanDelinder Fellowship from 2016-2018.  

Käthe Wright Kaufman is a masters student in the studio of David Higgs. Originally from the Chicago area, she has pursued her organ studies since 2007, studying with James R. Brown, William Porter, and Edoardo Bellotti. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Music Degree magna cum laude from the Eastman School of Music in 2016, Käthe spent a gap year in Truro, UK where she served as organ scholar at Truro Cathedral. She has participated in masterclasses and coachings with Ann Elise Smoot, Stephen Farr, and Alan Morrison, among others. She has performed for the radio program Pipedreams Live!, and she has performed widely in venues such as St. Thomas Church, NYC; Clare College, Cambridge; St. Edmundsbury Cathedral; and St. Michael’s Cornhill, London. In 2013, she was awarded the Gerald Barnes Award for Excellence in Pipe Organ from Eastman. In both 2014 and 2015, she received the inaugural VanDelinder Prizes in Liturgical Organ Skills from Christ Church, Rochester. In 2015, she placed first in the West Chester University International Organ Competition. In past years, Käthe has worked as Organ Scholar at Christ Church and at St. Michael’s Church, in Rochester. She is currently the organ scholar at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, NY. In addition to her love of playing organ, she has a passion for choral music and is a member of the Schola Cantorum in Rochester.

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Stacey Xiaoyu Yang is a doctoral candidate in the studio of Professor David Higgs and was a Vanderlinder Fellow in liturgical music at Christ Church, Rochester, NY from 2015-2016. Since late 2016, she has been the Director of Music and Organist at the First Universalist Church, Rochester where she curates the historically significant Hope-Jones Op. 2 organ. Stacey has had the privilege of performing at a number of significant venues around the City of Rochester over the last two years.

Prior to her study in the US, Stacey received a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Sydney and was appointed as both University Organ and Carillon Scholars. In Australia, Stacey studied the organ with Kurt Ison and Jennifer Chou. She holds an LTCL in organ performance and LMusA in piano performance.

In July 2016, she was selected to participate in the Royaumont Foundation summer school at Versailles on a traveling scholarship granted by the AGO Rochester Chapter. In 2017, she was granted  E. Power Biggs Fellowship by American Organ Historical Society. In addition to performances at many of Sydney’s major recital venues (such as St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Christchurch St. Laurence and the Sydney Opera House), Stacey has presented solo recitals at both St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne and Christchurch Cathedral, Newcastle. In Europe, she gave her debut recital at the Marktkirche, Wiesbaden, Germany and has also performed at Sint Martinuskerk, Overijse and Our Lady’s Basilica at Tongeren, Belgium. She presented her Asian debut in June 2016 at The Hong Kong Cultural Center Concert Hall. Her upcoming concert engagements include recitals in Atlanta, GA and Antwerp Cathedral, Belgium.

Moreover, as a carillonist, she has presented recitals at the University of Sydney, the Australian National Carillon in Canberra, the Leuven Catholic University Library Tower, the Marktkirche Wiesbaden and the Universities of Florida, Michigan and Rochester.

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Wendy Yuen is a doctoral student in the studio of Professor David Higgs. She also coordinates the Going for Baroque, Meet Me at the MAG Demo Concert and the Third Thursday Concert Series featuring the Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester. She is currently the Director of Music Ministry of Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, New York.    
Raised in Las Vegas, NV, Zachary Zwahlen is the second of seven children. He began his musical journey climbing on pianos at the age of 3, although he did not begin lessons until the age of 5. During his teens Zachary became very involved in musical events – performing and accompanying musical selections for church services, accompanying high school and church choirs, and playing piano in pit orchestras for musical theater productions. He also tried his hand at a number of woodwinds, playing saxophone, flute, and oboe in various community and school ensembles. Zachary was homeschooled during middle and high school, graduating at the age of 15. He then attended the Community College of Southern Nevada, earning an Associate’s degree in piano, following which he earned his Bachelor’s degree in piano and organ performance from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. He served a two-year Spanish-speaking proselyting mission in New York City, after which he returned to BYU and completed his Master’s degree in organ performance with Dr. Doug Bush. He is currently a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music, studying organ with David Higgs.