Fixed yet Fleeting: the Creation of Organ Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries September 5-8, 2013


The members of the organ academy faculty include top organists and music scholars from around the world, all dedicated and enthusiastic ambassadors for their art.


Curt Carlsson

Following studies in musicology at Stockholm University, Curt Carlsson began work in 1969 as a music producer with Sweden’s national public service radio broadcaster, Sveriges Radio. There, he worked at P2, a station for art music, folk music, and jazz, where he served as recording producer in addition to developing and hosting programs about music. He was in charge of Sveriges Radio’s organ recordings for many years. (more…)


David Knight

David Knight is Senior Conservation and Grants Officer of the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the staff of the Archbishops’ Council. Responsibilities in this post include casework relating to organ conservation and replacement in the Church of England, a grants programme for conservation of Church furnishings and coordinating a national programme of training events. His PhD from King’s College, London, is on the Organs of Westminster Abbey, 1240 to 1908. He is Organist & Choirmaster at Crown Court Church of Scotland, Covent Garden where he runs an annual series of concerts that attract a wide range of international performers.


David Rumsey

David Rumsey was born and educated in Sydney, Australia. He studied with Anton Heiller and Marie-Claire Alain in Europe from 1963-66, then returned to a position at the University of Adelaide. After moving back to Sydney in 1969, he established a Department of Organ and Church Music, which has survived in the face of recent Australian educational and research funding cuts. For over 25 years, until 1998, he was the regular organist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and in that capacity frequently presided over the Grand Organs of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall. (more…)


Frédéric Blanc

As a youngster in the southwest of France, Frédéric Blanc was already improvising on the piano and the organ and discovering music all by himself. He studied at the Toulouse and Bordeaux Conservatoires and for André Fleury in Paris and Marie-Madeleine Duruflé; as their pupil, he was initiated into the great tradition of French organ music. (more…)


Henrico Stewen

Henrico Stewen holds a Soloist Diploma in Organ Performance from the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he studied with Jacques van Oortmerssen, Hans Davidsson, and Hans van Nieuwkoop. In 2009 he received the Doctor of Music degree from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki for his practice-based research on tempo and the performance of Max Reger’s organ music, which he presented in written form and in a number of recitals. (more…)


Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler

Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler received her early musical education in Poland, where she began piano studies at the age of eight and organ at 16. Her passion for music, especially organ music, has since taken her throughout Poland, Europe, and North and South America. (more…)


Kimberly Marshall

Kimberly Marshall is known worldwide for her compelling programs and presentations of organ music. She is an accomplished teacher, having held teaching positions at Stanford University and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Winner of the Saint Albans International Organ Playing Competition in 1985, Dr. Marshall has been a recitalist, workshop leader, and adjudicator at seven National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists. (more…)


Martin Herchenröder

Martin Herchenröder has been professor of composition, music theory, and organ at the University of Siegen in Germany since 1994. In 1998, he was a guest artist at the University of British Columbia. Since 2008, he has regularly visited the Eastman School of Music in New York as a guest professor in organ and composition. He has given classes and lectures at schools and universities worldwide, including the Musikhochschule Köln, the Musikhochschule Bremen, the University of Chicago, McGill University in Montreal, and the Juilliard School of Music in New York. (more…)



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