Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

Current Students

 

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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 organist at St. Peter’s Church in Zagreb, at St. Mary’s Church in Zaprešić, Croatia, and at St. Boniface Church in Rochester, New York. He currently serves as Music Director and Organist at St. John the Evangelist Church in Spencerport, New York.

Luke Brennan is an undergraduate student at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Professor Nathan Laube pursuing his Bachelor of Music (BM) in organ performance. Prior to matriculating at Eastman, he studied under Mr. Christopher Betts, the current Director of Music at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (Houston, Texas) and the former Organist for the Washington National Cathedral and Director of Music at the Church of the Redeemer (Bethesda, MD). Under Mr. Betts, Luke assisted during performances on the Washington National Cathedral’s grand organ, during Evensong performances, and for holiday performances by the Washington National Cathedral Choir of Men and Girls. Additionally, he performed weekly services as an Organ Scholar at Redeemer, and has played solo works and provided organ accompaniment for choirs during tours of Europe, playing at venues such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Mozarteum Salzburg, Chiesa di San Marco, and others. Luke earned highest Distinction when passing his Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) assessments in both organ performance and music theory. He has had the good fortune to work with artists such as Nathan Laube, Bruce Neswick, Faythe Freese, Joby Bell, Todd Fickley, Tom Bara, and others during participation in the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced (POE-A) in Birmingham, Alabama; at Interlochen Arts Camp; and elsewhere. Luke is also an accomplished pianist and choir singer, and was selected for Virginia All-State and Honors Choirs. In his free time, Luke enjoys hiking, biking, soccer, playing frisbee, and is a huge hockey fan.

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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 Prof. David Higgs at Eastman School of Music.

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 two Performance Diplomas in Piano from Trinity College London (Associate and Licentiate levels) 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, where he refined his skills in liturgical playing.  Apart from playing solo repertoire, he is also a keen chamber musician, having served as an accompanist for instrumental and vocal music in many concerts, competitions and examinations.  He had been a keyboardist in the HKU Early Music Ensemble, where he studied continuo playing and harpsichord accompaniment with Shane Levesque (Canada).  His previous organ teachers include Jennifer Chou (Australia), Anne Cheuk-bun Lam (Hong Kong) and Wong Wai-chung (Hong Kong)

In April 2018, Ryan won First Prize in the Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition held in Syracuse, NY.  He was the 2018 recipient of the Gerald Barnes Award for Excellence in Pipe Organ.  Currently, he serves as the Organist & Hand Bell Choir Director at Greece Baptist Church in Rochester, NY.  Ryan is also a skilled flute and gamelan player, and he enjoys travelling, museum-going and fika.

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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 a Masters of Music candidate in Organ Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music. She is currently in the studio of William Porter, and previously studied organ and harpsichord with Edoardo Bellotti. She was first introduced to the art of organ playing at Whittier College, where she earned a BA in music studying organ with Orpha Ochse and Frances Nobert, and piano with Robert MacSparren. After a long sojourn, she resumed her studies in organ with Ladd Thomas and piano with Dennis Alexander and Egle Januleviciute. In pursuit of her other passion, education, she also completed her MA in Education at Azusa Pacific University. In addition to classroom teaching and maintaining a private piano studio, she was active professionally as an organist and choir director for churches in Ventura County, California. She also enjoyed directing the Ojai Handbell Ringers and collaborating with colleagues as pianist in chamber concerts and local musical productions. She was 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 performed in a joint recital with organist Philip Smith, sponsored by the Los Angeles and Ventura Chapters of the American Guild of Organists (2016).

Isaac Drewes is a graduate student at Eastman School of Music, where he studies organ with Prof. David Higgs, and holds the George Utech Hymnody Fellowship. He is Organist and Choir Director at Penfield United Methodist Church, and sings in the Christ Church Schola Cantorum. A graduate of St. Olaf College, he completed his undergraduate studies with with Dr. Catherine Rodland, and held the position of Organ Scholar at St. Louis, King of France Catholic Church in St. Paul, MN.

Isaac’s performances have been heard around United States and Canada, including at Central Synagogue in New York City, Old West Church in Boston, and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. Recently, he earned first prize at the 2018 Lynnwood Farnam Competition in Montréal, and was a semi-finalist in the 2018 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. In 2016 and 2017, he performed for Organ Historical Society conventions held in Philadelphia and the Twin Cities respectively. He is also the winner of the 2016 Twin Cities AGO Student Competition, and a recipient of the Pogorzelski-Yankee and Paul Manz Scholarships. When not at the organ bench, Isaac enjoys bicycling and hiking in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Zachary Duell currently pursues a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where he studies with Nathan Laube. He previously studied with Dr. Paul Klemme at Willamette University, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance. In addition to his organ studies at Willamette, Zachary studied choral conducting with Dr. Wallace Long, Jr., and sang in the Willamette Chamber Choir as well as the nationally acclaimed Willamette Singers vocal jazz ensemble. He was awarded first prize at the 2017 Salem Chapter division of the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists and was admitted to the Organ Institute of the Oregon Bach Festival in the same year, where he studied with Juilliard organ professor Paul Jacobs. In addition, he was one of three organ scholars selected for the 2017 Royal School of Church Music’s Pacific Northwest Course. Zachary has appeared in recital at numerous churches in his native Oregon and has performed on tour in many western states alongside the Willamette Chamber Choir. An enthusiastic church musician from a young age, Zachary currently serves as organist at Our Lady of Victory/St. Joseph’s Church in Rochester, New York.

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 William Porter. 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 served 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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

Sarah Johnson is a candidate for the degree of Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music, where she studies with David Higgs.

A native of Garland, Maine, Sarah began her organ lessons with Kevin Birch, organist and music director at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Bangor, where she was recently featured as a recitalist on the 26th annual Summer Organ Concert Series. In her undergraduate degree at Vassar College she studied organ with Gail Archer, and piano with Todd Crow. Sarah holds a Master of Sacred Music from Boston University, where she studied organ with Peter Sykes.

Since beginning college, Sarah has performed in New York City at Central Synagogue, and in Boston at Old West, Trinity Copley, and Holy Name Parish. She was named an E. Power Biggs Fellow of the Organ Historical Society in 2013. Sarah was featured as a rising star and guest recitalist at the 2017 Musforum Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, and recently took part in a master class at Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.

During her time in Boston Sarah was Organ Scholar at Holy Name Parish in West Roxbury, and Assistant Librarian at the Organ Library of the American Guild of Organists. Sarah currently serves as the Organ Assistant (VanDelinder Prize Winner) at Christ Church in Rochester.

James Kealey is a Masters degree candidate in the studio of Professor David Higgs. A native Brit, James comes to the USA from England where he most recently worked as Interim Assistant Director of Music at Sheffield Cathedral in South Yorkshire. Here James was the principal organist for the six choral services each week as well as rehearsing and conducting the Cathedral choirs regularly and managing the Lunchtime Recital Series and program of Visiting Choirs.  Prior to this, James was Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral, where he regularly accompanied the Cathedral Choir and worked as Assistant Conductor to the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society as well as managing the Music Library and logistics for the Cathedral’s Organ Recital Series. On Easter Sunday this year, James played the Cathedral Eucharist on live BBC 1 Television to an estimated 1.5 million viewers.
A recent graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London, James received a degree in Music whilst being the Senior Organ Scholar to the Chapel Choir under the tutelage of Rupert Gough. James accompanied their weekly round of services, as well as CD recordings, broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, and concerts. James was previously Organ Scholar at Blackburn Cathedral and Organ Student at Chester Cathedral. 

Active as a recitalist, James has played in many English cathedrals and most recently has performed at Washington National Cathedral and Marlborough College, UK.

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.
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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 third year of his studies pursuing a DMA and the Artist’s Certificate. 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.  He 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.

Hailed as a rising star, Amanda Mole is the winner of numerous competitions, including first-prize at the 8th International Musashino-Tokyo Organ Competition (2017), first-place and audience prize at the Miami International Organ Competition (2016), first-place at the Arthur Poister Organ Competition (2014), and the John Rodland Memorial Organ Competition (2014). She was also a first-prize recipient of the Peter B. Knock Award (2014).  Since 2017, she has served as a juror for live and preliminary rounds of several organ competitions, and in 2016 she was chosen as one of The Diapason magazine’s Top 20 Under 30, a feature recognizing the most successful young artists in the field. Amanda has performed internationally at venues across the world and, 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 National 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 joined the roster of concert organists for a second time at the 2018 OHS National Convention in Rochester, NY. Her performances are frequently broadcast on the national radio program, Pipedreams LIVE!.

Originally from Holden, Massachusetts, Ms. Mole is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a student of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music. She earned her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Sacred Music from Yale University where she studied organ with Martin Jean and Choral Conducting with Maggie Brooks.  At Yale she 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, studying with William Porter.  Earlier studies were with Larry Schipull and Patricia Snyder. Amanda is represented in North America by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.

Jacob M. Montgomery, a native of Raleigh, NC, is a first year master’s degree candidate in the studio of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music. Graduating from East Carolina University with degrees in both chemistry and music, Jacob received recognition as both a chemist and musician, receiving the Franklin Ritter Award for Young Chemists, The Thomas Jones Scholarship for Chemists, the Olive G. Long Memorial Scholarship for Pianists, the Clay J.H. Organ Scholar Endowed Fund, and East Carolina’s Outstanding Senior award. In 2014, he was awarded his Colleague certification from the American Guild of Organists (AGO). The previous organ scholar at Duke Chapel in Durham, NC, Montgomery worked vigorously at this epicenter of musical output, which held weekly Vespers, Evensong, and communion services.

Recently appearing in concert in Durham, Raleigh, Tarboro, and Wilmington, NC, Jacob maintains an active performance calendar. During his undergraduate degrees, Jacob studied under Andrew Scanlon, FAGO and Christopher “Kit” Jacobson, FRCO, performing in masterclasses with Dorothy Papadakos, Dr. Janette Fishell, Dr. John Walker, Dr. Ann Labounsky, Dr. Kola Olowabi, and Chris Lane. Additionally, Jacob served in the lab of Dr. Anne Spuches, studying the correlation of pesticide usage with Type II diabetes, using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry techniques to analyze the composition of various mediums, including swine liver, kidney, and fat, as well as human plasma.

 

Dale Nickell completed his Bachelor of Music degree, Cum Laude, at Colorado State University where he studied organ with Joel Bacon and piano with Janet Landreth and received the Wendel Diebel Music Performance Award for outstanding musical contribution to the school’s performing ensembles and concerts. While in Fort Collins, Dale served as the organist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on the Phelps Op. 1 (44 ranks) and as the part-time organist at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He is currently attending the Master of Music program for organ at the Eastman School of Music under the instruction of Nathan Laube. He has played in masterclasses with Olga Kern, Ken Cowan, James David Christie, and Gail Archer. He is the organist at St. Pius X Catholic Church and an assistant organ builder at Parsons Pipe Organ
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Irina Niskala (born 1992, St. Petersburg, Russia) began her organ studies at St. Petersburg State Music College with Anna Kalinkina in 2008 (graduated 2012 summa cum laude) . After spending a year in St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Niskala continued her studies in Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Markku Hietaharju as her teacher. In 2016 Niskala obtained a bachelor’s degree in organ performance. At the moment she is studying towards master’s degree in organ performance, church music and pedagogy under Ville Urponen’s guidance.

Niskala has taken part in numerous international masterclasses (among others Louis Robilliard, Michael Radulescu, Hans-Ola Ericsson).

Irina has succeed in several organ competitions: Gatchina – Peterburg XI Competition for Young Organists – 2010, 2012 (Saint-Petersburg, Russia – diploma and second prize, respectively), Young Organist – III Open National Competition – 2011 (Moscow, Russia – third prize), Organo Duo – II International Organ Duet Competition – 2011 (Kondopoga, Russia – second prize), Jaume Isern Organ Competition – 2016 (Mataró, Spain – winner). In 2016, soon after graduation, Irina was named Young Organist of the Year and granted a solo recital at the Turku Cathedral, one of the most prestigious organ venues of Finland.

Since 2013, Irina’s studies are supported with scholarships from the Sibelius Academy Foundation.

Irina has regularly performed as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in Nordic countries, Baltic states and Russia. Her interests include not only classical music. Irina has played as an accordionist in celtic folk music projects, and she has also been an active chorister from her childhood.

Irina will spend the fall term 2018 at the Eastman School of Music as an exchange student in the studio of Nathan Laube.

 

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 with Dr. Iain Quinn. 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). 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 several masterclasses, including those led by Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Dr. Iain Quinn, Dr. James Kibbie, and Prof. William Porter. From 2011-2013, she maintained a private piano studio, and since 2013, she has held multiple positions on the boards of both the Tallahassee and Rochester AGO chapters. Her awards include: several academic scholarships from both Eastman and FSU (2013-2018), an OHS Biggs Fellowship (2016), the Louise Weber Music Scholarship (2013), and first place in the 2012 Tampa AGO chapter competition. She is currently Organist and Assistant Director of Liturgical Music at the Southeast Rochester Catholic Community in downtown Rochester. Owens hopes to continue building her career as a teacher, performer, and researcher on various topics related to the historic organ.

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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.

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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 holds Second Place from the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP), held at the 2018 AGO Convention in Kansas City. Additionally, 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). As a young performer, Caroline has had the opportunity to perform at several important venues, including The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta; Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia); St. Thomas Fifth Avenue (NYC); St. Patrick’s Cathedral (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, 2016, and 2018 OHS Conventions. In 2016, Caroline was named one of “20 Under 30” rising stars in the profession by the Diapason magazine.

Caroline currently holds the position of  Minister of Music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pittsford, NY. She also serves as an Executive Assistant for Outreach within Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) and, as part of an ongoing Masters in Theory Pedagogy, teaches Aural Skills to undergraduates at Eastman. 

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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.
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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.

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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 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. As the winner of Northeast Region, she performed in the AGO/Quimby Rising Stars Recital in 2018 AGO National Convention at Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, MO. 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 and traveling.

Jennifer Shin is pursuing a Master’s degree at Eastman School of Music in the studio of David Higgs. She received her Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude at the University of Michigan, where she studied with Kola Owolabi and James Kibbie. During her time in Michigan, she held the position of Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, as well as participated in the University of Michigan’s University Choir and Early Music Choir both as accompanist and singer. She has won several competitions including first place in the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists in Seattle chapter (2015) and San Diego chapter (2013), second place in the Regional AGO/Quimby RCYO (Region IX) in 2013, and first place in the national Rodgers Organ Competition in 2012. She was also awarded the E. Power Biggs Fellowship to attend the 2016 OHS Convention in Philadelphia. She has participated in masterclasses and coachings with Alan Morrison, James David Christie, Diane Belcher, Ann Elise Smoot, Daniel Roth and Vincent Dubois, among others. 

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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.

Bradley Vogel is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of David Higgs. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in both Organ Performance and Composition at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory where he studied organ with Nicole Keller, and composition with Dr. Clint Needham and Dr. Jonathan Sokol. During his time at BW, Bradley performed on many occasions with the BW Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, BW Singers, as well as the BW Jazz ensemble in which he honed his skills as a jazz pianist.

Bradley gained additional experience as a lead tuner and technician at Leek Pipe Organ Company in Berea, OH where he tuned, restored, and cared for several organs in the northern Ohio area. From 2015-2018, he served as organist and accompanist at First United Methodist Church in Elyria, OH. 

 

 
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. 
 
Isaiah Williams is pursuing his Bachelor of Music (BM) in organ performance in the studio of Nathan Laube. An 11th generation native to his home town of Nantucket Massachusetts, Isaiah began studying piano at the age of 7 with Dr. Tinka Knopf de Esteban, and began organ lessons at the age of 11 with Bernadette Nadeau. Since starting organ, Isaiah has played annually in the Nantucket Organ Crawl, and in 2016 he became the organist and music director at the Nantucket United Methodist Church on a historic Appleton organ. Isaiah has also had opportunities to study with with Tom Bara and Robert Havery, and attended the 2017 Eastman Summer Academy for High School Organists. In his free time, Isaiah enjoys the history and nature of the northeast, and is deeply interested in languages and hand drawn animation.

 

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 and piano with Mrs. Diane Freeman.  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 and has participated in masterclasses with Bine Bryndorf, Scott Dettra, Ulrich Spang-Hanssen, Todd Wilson, Jonathan Dimmock, and others.  Alden 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 Roy E. VanDelinder Fellowship from 2016-2018.  He has also been a member of the Schola Cantorum of Christ Church since 2016.  Alden now serves as Assistant Organist to Director of Music Peter DuBois at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester.    

Käthe Wright Kaufman is a masters student in the studio of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music. 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, England, where she served as organ scholar at Truro Cathedral, accompanying the choirs in three services a week, and aiding in the training of the probationer choristers. 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 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, and last year she received second prize in the Fox Valley AGO Competition. In past years, Käthe has worked as Organ Scholar at Christ Church, Rochester; St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Rochester; and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, NY. She currently serves as organ scholar at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester.

Australian-born Edith Yam is a first-year doctoral student in organ performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, under the tutelage of David Higgs. She is also studying improvisation and harpsichord from William Porter.
 
Edith completed her secondary schooling at the Conservatorium High School in 2011, where she studied the organ under Philip Swanton, and several years later in 2015 she graduated with her Bachelor of Music degree (with First Class Honours), in organ performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During these years, Edith attained her AMEB Associate and Licentiate diplomas with Distinction, awarded annual academic scholarships, won the Sydney Organ Competition, played for her own graduation ceremony, and travelled frequently to Europe for organ masterclasses in Amsterdam, Haarlem and Stade, learning from the likes of including Jacques van Oortmerssen, Olivier Latry and Lorenzo Ghielmi. She also went on an exchange semester to the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen where she was a student of Klaus Eichhorn.
 
With the support of several scholarships and prizes (including from the University of Sydney and the Australian Music Foundation), in June 2018 Edith was awarded her Master of Music degree from the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, where she studied the organ from Pieter van Dijk and Matthias Havinga, and visiting organ professor Louis Robilliard. For her final exam recital, Edith performed an all-Bach program on the Van Hagerbeer/Schnitger organ at the Grote Sint Laurenskerk in Alkmaar. During her studies in Europe, Edith also performed in venues all over the Netherlands and played in masterclasses given by Daniel Roth and Vincent Warnier at Royaumont Abbey, as well as in courses by Karin Nelson, Henry Fairs and Joel Speerstra in Kongsberg.

 

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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.

Allen Young has served as organist at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Portage, Michigan, for four years and previously as Organ Scholar at First Congregational Church in St. Joseph and as substitute organist for parishes in Kalamazoo and throughout Southwest Michigan. As a musician, it is his foremost mission to aid in preserving the sacred tradition of the organ through service as a music minister. He especially enjoys collaborative work, including relating organ in new and interesting ways to general audiences. Allen has received numerous academic scholarships and awards, most recently the Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Graduate Scholarship awarded by the American Guild of Organists. Allen has studied with Dr. Karl Schrock at Western Michigan University and continues graduate studies in organ with Professor David Higgs.

 

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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.