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Barbara Harbach 14th Feb 1946 -
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Chaconne in D minor
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Own compositions played by various artists
Winter Wonderland Around the World
Forces at Play on 7 World Continents
Flowers Around the World
Barbara Harbach organist
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

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Barbara Harbach
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Barbara Harbach was born 14th February 1946 in Pennsylvania.
She studied at the Pennsylvania State University, Yale University, Frankfurt Academy, the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York and Musikhochschule in Frankfurt, Germany with
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Douglas Hawkridge 1907 -
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Douglas Leighton Hawkridge was born 1907 in Derby. F.R.A.M., F.R.C.O., L.R.A.M.
Studied at Derby School; the Royal Academy of Music, London. Organist of Ilford Parish Church; St. Philip’s, Kensington, London; St. Columba’s, Pont Street, London; St. James’, Sussex Gardens, London. Sub-professor at the Royal Academy of Music.
Extract:- Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Porter Heaps 1906 - 3rd May 1999
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Classical organ)
Porter Heaps organist
Obituary
The New York Times
Sometimes called 'Mr. Hammond Organ,' Porter Warrington Heaps was a showman who travelled the world displaying the versatility of the electronic keyboard.
When the instrument first came along, no one knew much about it, so I was asked by the manufacturers to play it and learn just what it could do,' Mr. Heaps told the Chicago Tribune in 1951.
A virtuoso performer of both pop and classical music, Mr. Heaps introduced the organ to the common person, proving it to be not only an instrument for the church but also the home. Largely because of his efforts, the Chicago-based Hammond Organ Co. sold tens of thousands of organs.
Mr. Heaps died of heart failure at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., on May 3, three weeks shy of his 93rd birthday.
Like Liberace , Mr. Heaps brought a quirky humour to his shows, playing serious music without boring his audience.
Born in Cicero to a minister and his wife, Mr. Heaps played his first organ recital at age 11. At 18, he was a church organist and choir director, posts he held throughout his life, including at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Evanston.
In the 1920s, Mr. Heaps obtained a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Northwestern University, choosing songs of the Civil War as his master's thesis. Summers were spent in Paris, studying organ with .
On June 23, 1935, Mr. Heaps made history in the first public performance of a Hammond organ.
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Rob Hlebinsky
Rob Hlebinsky
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Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
In dulci jubilo
If You Can Dream It
Let's Go Fly a Kite
Oo-De-Lally
When You Wish Upon a Star
Rob Hlebinsky organist
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Rob Hlebinsky was born January 24, 1985,
He started piano lessons at age 6 and at 8 years old began studying the violin as well.
Rob took private lessons from Natasha Snitkovsky at age 11. A world renowned performer in her own right, Mrs. Snitkovsky helped Rob achieve a new level of ability.
In 1997, Rob was given an opportunity to be accompanist for a children's choir at his home church, Christ United Methodist in Bethel Park, PA. It was in this new role that he caught the attention of the church's organist, John Erickson. After observing Rob for a year, Mr. Erickson contacted Rob's parents saying he believed that Rob would make a good organist.
In January of 2000 Rob was given an opportunity that would change his life forever. Due to unexpected circumstances Mr. Erickson had been unable to play for services, the church decided to give an untested Rob the chance to play the Sunday services. Though his first Sunday on the bench was a little shaky, as he finished the last few notes of his postlude that morning, Rob knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that a career in church music awaited him. Rob went on to play for an additional 5 weeks after that first Sunday until Mr. Erickson was able to return. A year later, Rob would be asked to serve as the church's assistant organist.
After graduating high school in 2003, Rob attended Indiana University's Jacob's School of Music in Bloomington, IN, studying under the world renown Dr. Marilyn Keiser. In 2007, Rob graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's degree in Organ Performance.
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Gert van Hoef
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Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba
The Entertainer
Conquest of Paradise
Toccata in F major - J.S. Bach
The Polar Express
Danse Macabre
Tuba Tune
Pomp and Circumstance
The Rose
Organist Gert Van Hoef
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Gert van Hoef was born 17th June 1994 in Barneveld, the Netherlands.
At 13 he received his first lesson from his grandfather. He received a digital organ from his parents which he explored by himself.
In June 2008 Gert started to study organ. Gert regularly posted videos of his work on Youtube, people were soon asking him for performances and concerts throughout the Netherlands.
In 2010, as a 16th birthday present Gert was given the opportunity to play the Moreau organ of Sint-Jan's Church in Gouda. He was also appointed organist at the Voorthuizen Reformed Church.
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Frederick Hohman
Widor Toccata at Cathedral Basilica in Newark
Marche Slav, Opus 31 at Spreckels Organ Pavillion
Marche Characteristique at Stanford University's Memorial Church
Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy at Stanford University's Memorial Church
The Homecoming at First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee
Thou Art the Rock at the Great Organ of Methuen Memorial Music Hall
Pimped Out Ride, Valkyrie Style at the Great Organ of Methuen Memorial Music Hall
Frederick Hohman organist
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Frederick Hohman
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Frederick Hohmans primary piano and organ teacher in St. Louis from 1967 to 1974 was
Charles CordealCharles Cordeal
c.1923 - 5th Nov 1995
Choir director and organist at Mary Queen of Peace parish in Webster Groves from 1949 until his death.
of Webster Groves, Missouri. Mr. Cordeal saw the opportunity to spotlight Fred, then age 12, as a model student for the then-new St. Louis Archdiocesan Organist Training Program (AOTP). Fred progressed through the program and presented his first solo organ recital at age 14. While studying with Cordeal, from age 12 through 17, Fred served as organist in two churches.
Prior to leaving St. Louis at age 18, Fred served as Associate Organist for 19 months at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves (1973-1974. It was during his 19-month stay at Emmanuel Episcopal Church that Fred presented 3 organ recitals on the church's 3-manual Holtkamp organ.
Although he could have pursued a film career in Hollywood, on the advice of his musician father, and already having a level of comfort from teenage performing experience, and with the encouragement of a full scholarship from the Eastman School of Music Fred entered the Eastman School in 1974 as a sophomore level undergraduate in the organ class of David Craighead. He would remain at Eastman to earn the Performer's Certificate in Organ (1977), Mus.B., Applied Organ (1977), Master of Music in Performance and Literature (Organ), 1979, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature (Organ), 1990.
Fred is distinguished as the only student to have taken all available degrees at the Eastman School while remaining in the organ studio of David Craighead.
During his first years at Eastman, 1977-1979, Fred produced, engineered, hosted, and performed all the organ literature for a weekly 30-minute radio program, entitled Pro Organo. The Pro Organo radio series had 26 weekly episodes.
After having been a semi-finalist and finalist in a number of competitions Frederick Hohman won First Prize in both the Clarence Mader Organ Competition and the Arthur Poister national organ-playing competition.
Between the years 1974 and 1993, Frederick served in a number of parishes as organist and choirmaster or as director of music.
During his career as a recitalist, Frederick Hohman has performed hundreds of recitals in the USA, including tours of the Caribbean, Australia , the UK and Finland. He has presided as the featured recitalist at the dedication of new American organs, and has been featured as a concerto soloist with a number of American symphony orchestras.
From 1996 to 2000, Hohman produced and hosted a weekly television series about the organ and organists, entitled 'Midnight Pipes.' This series ran for 24 half-hour episodes.
Extract:- Frederick Hohman biography
Christopher Houlihan 6th Oct 1987 -
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Allegro from Symphony No. 6 - Widor
Fantasy in E-flat - Camille Saint-Saëns
Allegro Maëstoso, from Symphony 3 - Louis Vierne
Andante Sostenuto, from Symphonie Gothique - Charles-Marie Widor
Scherzo, from Symphonie No. 2 - Louis Vierne
Christopher Houlihan organist
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Originally from Somers, Connecticut, Christopher Houlihan began studying the organ at the age of 12 with John Rose, and at the age of 15, he won first prize in the Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition. Houlihan attended Trinity College in Hartford where he continued to study with John Rose and made his orchestral debut with the Hartford Symphony. After graduating from Trinity College, he attended The Juilliard School in New York where he studied with the Grammy Award winning organist Paul Jacobs.
In 2005-2006, Houlihan was organ scholar at The Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford and then at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford from 2006-2007. Houlihan later studied at the French National Regional Conservatory in Versailles where he was a student of Jean-Baptiste Robin and where he earned the "Prix de Perfectionnement" (equivalent to a university artist's diploma in the US). While in France, he served as an assistant musician at The American Cathedral in Paris and had the honour of performing for the then President and First Lady of the United States, Mr. And Mrs. George W. Bush
Extract:- Christopher Houlihan Wikipedia page
Peter Hurford 22nd Nov 1930 -
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Chorale Preludes
Peter Hurford organist
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Bach Cantatas Web Site

Peter Hurford Discogs page

Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

Peter Hurford
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Peter Hurford O.B.E. was born born 22nd November 1930 in Minehead, Somerset.
He studied both music and law at Jesus College, Cambridge, graduating with dual degrees.
Peter subsequently studied in Paris under the blind French organist , exploring music of the Baroque period. He is best known for his interpretations of Bach, having recorded the complete Bach organ works for Decca and BBC Radio 3.
Organist of Holy Trinity, Leamington Spa; St. Albans Cathedral; organist in residence at Cincinnati University; acting organist of St. John’s College, Cambridge. Professor at the University of Western Ontario.
Paul Jacobs 1977 -
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Sinfonia from Cantata No. 29 - Bach
on Bach and the Pipe Organ
Octaves - Jeanne Demessieux
Reverie - Wayne Oquin
Bach medley
On The Bench with Dr. Carol Williams
Paul Jacobs organist
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Paul Jacobs
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Paul Jacobs was born in 1977 in Washington, Pennsylvania. He began piano lessons at age five and organ lessons at age 12. At age 15 he was appointed head organist of Immaculate Conception Church.
Paul then attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, double-majoring in organ and harpsichord, while serving as organist at the Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge National Historical Park.
During his final semester as an undergraduate student, he performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach several times, including once in an 18-hour non-stop marathon concert in Pittsburgh on the 250th anniversary of the composer's death.
Paul completed a master's degree from the Yale School of Music, studying organ with Thomas Murray. Paul has performed the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in eight American cities since 2002, each time in a nine-hour marathon concert.
In 2003 Paul was invited to join the faculty of the Juilliard School and the following year, was named chairman of its organ department, making him one of the youngest faculty appointments in the school's history.
Extract:- Paul Jacobs Wilipedia page
Lady Susi Jeans 1911–1993
Susi Jeans organist
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Lady Susi Jeans was born Suzanne Hock in 1911 in Vienna, Austria.
She studied at the Vienna Academy in Leipzig with and was a pupil of and
During her 1934-35 tour she met the astronomer and mathematician Sir James Jeans just over 32 years her senior, whom she married, in Vienna, in September 1935.
She founded the Mickleham and Westhumble Festival in 1954, which was renamed the Boxhill Music Festival in 1966.
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Wilma Jensen 1929 -
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Pipedreams Live Schoenstein Lied Organ

80th Birthday Celebration St. George’s Episcopal Church, Nashville, Tennessee
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Wilma Jensen organist
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Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

Wilma Jensen
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Wilma Jensen
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Wilma Hoyle Jensen was born 1921.
Wilma studied at Mac-Murray College, Jacksonville, Illinois and the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, where she was a student of
Catharine Crozier Catharine Crozier
Catharine Crozier
18th Jan 1914 - 19th Sep 2003
Faculty member of the Eastman School, and an internationally touring soloist
and Harold Gleason.
Joyce Jones
Concerto in A Minor
Flight of the Bumble Bee
Sowerby's "Pageant"
Organist Joyce Jones
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Joyce Jones
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Joyce Jones is renowned for her twinkling, virtuosic feet. Here she is on YouTube playing Flight of the Bumble Bee - on the pedals of course.
Dr Jones is winding down her performance schedule as of last 2012, when she retired from her position as Professor of Music and Organist in residence at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. "It's my 79th birthday and I don't mind saying at my age, it's amazing that anyone that old can still be playing," she announced.
She describes herself as an accidental organist - when she was a piano undergraduate in Texas she sprained her hand - badly. Six weeks of no playing were ordered for recovery.She occupied herself with pedal exercises on the organ, and found a natural talent and affinity for the instrument.The rest is history.
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James Kibbie 13th Mar 1949 -
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 551
Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 535
St. Cosmae et Damiani, Stade
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543
Prelude and Fugue in E major, BWV 566
Erasmus Bielfeldt organ.
Prelude in C major, BWV 545
Prelude in E minor, BWV 548
Fugue in G minor, BWV 578
Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540
Katholische Hofkirche, Dresden.
James Kibbie organist
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Bach organ works
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James Kibbie
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James Kibbie
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James Kibbie was born 13th March 1949 in Vinton, Iowa.
He graduated from Davenport West High School in 1967.
James Kibbie is Chair of the Organ Department and University Organist at the University of Michigan. He also maintains a full schedule of concert, recording, and festival engagements throughout North America and Europe.
He is internationally renowned as an authority on the organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
James Lancelot
Litanies, The Grand Organ
Durham Cathedral
by Jehan Alain
Congregation at Durham Cathedral Graduation ceremony at the University of Durham, July 2nd 2009.
2009
james lancelot organist
CHURCH TIMES interviews James Lancelot

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Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

James Lancelot
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James Bennett Lancelot was born 2nd December 1952 in Bromley, Kent.
He studied at St. Paul’s Cathedral School, London; Ardingly College; King’s College, Cambridge. And was an organ scholar of King’s College, Cambridge.
He was assistant organist of Winchester Cathedral and is now organist of Durham Cathedral.
Extract:- Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
Susan Landale
Organ lesson Sonate in A Major by F.Mendelssohn
Susan Landale organist
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Susan Landale was born in Scotland and began her musical education in Edinburgh.
After graduating from Edinburgh University (BMus), where she was awarded a number of prizes and scholarships, she was invited by the great French organist André Marchal to study with him in Paris.
The following year she was appointed titular organist of St George’s Anglican Church, Paris, a post she held for 18 years.
Susan is a professor of Organ at the Royal Academy of Music, after many years as professor at the National Regional Conservatoire in Rueil-Malmaison (Ile de France), where her pupils, from all over the world, won prizes in many national and international competitions.
Extract :- Royal Academy of Music Web Site
Christopher Lawton
Thou hidden source of calm repose. Compton
Time on my hands. Compton
Spanish Eyes - Stockport Town Hall (Wurlitzer organ)
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Evelyn Lim
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Evelyn Lim
Dr. Evelyn Lim is from Ozamis City in the Philippines. She currently lives in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.
She is the founding dean of the Singapore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
She earned her Bachelor's and Master's of Music, summa cum laude, in both Organ and Piano Performance from the University of Houston.
She studied with the renowned Dr.
Joan Lippincott 25th Dec 1935 -
The Art of Fugue Paul Fritts Organ at the Princeton Theological Seminary.


Fantasy in F minor, K. 608
I. Allegro' by Joan Lippincott
Organ Loft
Presto: from Sinfonia in D major
Organ Loft
Joan Lippincott organist
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Joan Lippincott
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Joan Lippincott
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Joan Lippincott
Bach Cantanas Biography

Joan Lippincott
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Joan Edna Lippincott (nee Joan Edna Hult) was born 25th December 1935 in Kearny, New Jersey.
Her early keyboard studies were with
William T. Jancovius.Born c. 1909
Nutley, New Jersey
1961–1964
Conductor Orpheus Club
She then studied with She gained entrance to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was again the student of Alexander McCurdy as well as
Vladimir Sokoloff.
1913 – 1997
Pianist and accompanist
Curtis Institute of Music.

She was Principal University Organist at Princeton University from 1993 to 2000, and for many years has been Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. At Westminster, she was Head of the Organ Department, the largest organ department in the world.
John Longhurst 23rd Jun 1940 -
I will praise thee oh lord, my strength Tabernacle organ, Salt Lake City, Utah

Come, Come, Ye Saints Salt Lake Tabernacle Organ
John Longhurst organist
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

John Longhurst
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John Longhurst
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30-year Tabernacle organist is retiring
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John Longhurst
Organ Live Page
John Longhurst was born 23rd June 1940 in Sacramento, California, U.S.A.
He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Utah.
John was a Tabernacle organist from 1977 through December 2007
Adrian Lucas
Interview interview with Stuart Robinson
Adrian Lucas organist Picture:- Three choirs Festival Web site
Biographical Dictionary of the Organ
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Adrian Paul Lucas was born 14th March 1962 in Southend on Sea, Essex.
Studied at St. John’s College, Cambridge, under
George Guest Gworge Guest organist
George Howell Guest
9th Feb 1924 - 20th Nov 2002
F.R.C.O., C.B.E.
, and sub-organist of Westminster Abbey before becoming Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral in 1979.. Organ scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge; assistant organist of Norwich Cathedral; organist of Portsmouth Cathedral; Worcester Cathedral.
Extract:- Biographical Dictionary of the organ