The 2018 Old West Summer Series opens with concert organist Jacob Street!
Prelude in e minor “The Little” | Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697)
Trio Sonata in e minor, BWV 528 | Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
III. Un poco allegro
Prelude and Fugue in a minor, BWV 543 | J.S. Bach
Organ Sonata, Op. 18, No. 2 | Hugo Distler (1908-1942)
I. Rasche, energische Halbe
II. Einleitung: Sehr erregte Achtel, dabei frei im Zeitmaß; Gehende Viertel. Gelassen..
III. Recht geschwinde Achtel
Allegro in d minor | Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Organist and harpsichordist Jake Street performs extensively throughout New England as a solo recitalist and continuo player. Jake is a graduate of Holy Cross College, Oberlin Conservatory, and Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music. He has studied organ with James David Christie, Olivier Latry, Arvid Gast, and Thomas Murray, and harpsichord with Webb Wiggins, Michael Fuerst, and Arthur Haas. In 2013, he traveled to Lübeck, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar, studying on the many historical instruments there and giving recitals throughout northern Germany.
Jake has been a prizewinner in multiple competitions, including Prize for the Interpretation of French Music in Biarritz, France; Second Prize in the International Buxtehude Organ Competition in Lübeck, Germany; and, most recently, the Prix de la ville d’Angers in the Jean-Louis Florentz International Organ Competition. He has performed across Europe and the United States, including in Tallinn, Estonia; Toronto, Ontario; and in concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
As a church musician, Jake has worked at Trinity Church Copley Square, Boston, and currently serves as Director of Music at St. Paul’s on the Green, Norwalk, Connecticut. Jake is active in music criticism, having won the inaugural Rubin Award for Music Criticism at Oberlin. His writings have been published in Early Music Magazine, Early Music, Cleveland Classical, The American Organist, and the Boston Musical Intelligencer. Jake is the artistic director and the harpsichordist of les soûls d’amour, an early music ensemble of singers, strings, and hurdy-gurdy, featuring lively and lovely repertoire of the Renaissance and Baroque, best heard with wine glass in hand.
Prelude in e minor, "The Great" | Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697)
Prelude and Fugue in e minor, BWV 548 | Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653
Jesus Christus unser Heiland, BWV 666
Scherzo in D-minor, Op 65. No 10 | Max Reger (1873-1916)
Chorale Varié sur le thème du Veni Creator, Op. 4 | Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Evan Wesley Currie will begin pursuing an Artist Diploma in organ performance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts in the Fall of 2018. Mr. Currie holds a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, studying with acclaimed organist, Renée Anne Louprette. During his graduate studies at Mason Gross, Mr. Currie was awarded the Arthur G. Humphrey Memorial Prize for outstanding work in keyboard music. He is also the recipient of the David A. Drinkwater and Gladwell-Durham scholarship for excellence in keyboard performance.
Evan is a member of the Rutgers University Glee Club, Kirkpatrick Choir, the Mason Gross Baroque Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, and currently holds the position of the accompanist for the Rutgers University Choir. A graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, Evan earned a Bachelor of Music degree, cum laude, in organ performance as a student of Dr. Charles Tompkins. During his time at Furman, Evan served as the Chancel Choir Accompanist and was awarded the prestigious Dr. A Elbert Adams Scholarship, Saunders-Davis Music Scholarship, and the Lindsay Smith Organ Scholarship for excellence in organ performance. In addition to the organ, Evan studied piano with Dr. Ruby Morgan and voice with Mrs. Lisa Barksdale. An accomplished baritone, he made his vocal debut in Handel’s Messiah at Furman. He has completed additional performance studies in Arezzo, Italy at the Accademia d’ell Arte and served as an intern at The Juilliard School in New York City.
A sought after accompanist, Mr. Currie has collaborated with multiple choirs in the New York City and New Jersey areas such as Musica Dolceat St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the All Souls Professional Choir at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City.
As a recitalist, and guest artist, Mr. Currie has presented and collaborated in various musical performances throughout New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Greenville, Montreal, and Arezzo, Rome, and Milan, Italy.
Recently, Mr. Currie was named an E. Powers Biggs Fellow for the Organ Historical Society’s 2018 Convention in Rochester, New York. In addition to this fellowship, Mr. Currie was awarded second prize in the American Guild of Organists Brooklyn Chapter’s 2018 George Mathison Memorial Competition and a full stipend to attend the Montreal Organ Festival and McGill Organ Summer Academy. During his studies at the institute, Evan was selected to participate in a master class with Olivier Latry, titular-organist of Notre-Dame of Paris. Currie has also concertized under the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey’s Summer Keyboard Festival in Madison New Jersey.
In January of 2017, Mr. Currie was appointed the Director of Music and Organist at Bridgewater United Methodist Church in Bridgewater, New Jersey, where he currently overseas a multifaceted and diverse music program comprised of 4 choirs, and multiple instrumental and bell ensembles. Previous positions held include Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church of Denver, as well as The Second Presbyterian Church and Lee Road United Methodist Church of Greenville.
Currie is a member of the American Guild of Organists, New York City and European Chapters and The Organ Historical Society.
Prelude and Fugue in C Major | Johann Friedrich Schmoll (1739-1794)
Magnificat VII Toni | Heinrich Scheidemann (ca.1596-1663)
A Prophecy | Daniel Pinkham (1923-2006)
Fugue in g minor | Marianne Ploger (born 1953)
Seven chorale preludes from Kleines Orgelbuch | Ernst Pepping (1901-1981)
Es kommt ein Schiff, geladen
Jesus Christus herrscht als König
Gelobt sei Gott im höchsten Thron
Zeuch an die Macht
Sonne der Gerechtigkeit
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein
Freuet euch, ihr Christen alle
Variations on besançon | David Arcus (born 1959)
Duo I - Duo II – Moderato - Molto sostenuto – Vivace - Adagio cantabile – Finale
David Arcus is Director of Music and Organist of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, North Carolina, where he overseas adult and junior/youth choral programs and presides at the 1883 Hook & Hastings organ in the early nineteenth century church. He previously served as Interim Director of Music at All Saints Parish Church, Northampton, England, where he conducted and played organ for seven choral services weekly. He was at Duke University for nearly 30 years, where he served in various capacities in the Department of Music, Divinity School, and Duke Chapel.
Dr. Arcus holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the School of Music at Yale University, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He has received awards in composition and improvisation competitions, and he is in demand as a solo recitalist, having performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Great Britain. He has also toured with the Duke Chapel Choir in Great Britain, Poland, The Czech Republic, Spain, Greece, Turkey, and China, and he has appeared as organist with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. He has served on the faculties of St. Mary’s School, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Dr. Arcus' recitals have included premieres of new works by well known composers such as Aaron Jay Kernis, Dan Locklair, and Marianne Ploger. He is frequently commissioned to write new works for organ and choir, and he is also active as clinician, teacher/lecturer, and conductor. Dr. Arcus has presented workshops and masterclasses on service playing and organ improvisation for the American Guild of Organists, and he has served as Course Organist for RSCM (America) training courses, service organist for the RSCMA National Choir, and conductor for the 2018 Carolinas Trebles Chorister Festival. His compositions are published by Concordia, Hinshaw, and Wayne Leupold Editions. His CD, The Organs of Duke Chapel, is on the Gothic label.
Toccata in F Major, BuxWV 157 | Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BuxWV 199 | Dietrich Buxtehude
Sonata in E flat Major, BWV 525 | Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Pastorale, Op. 19, No. 4 | César Franck (1822-1890)
Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons, Op. 12 | Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
Symphony for Organ No. 5 in f minor, Op. 42, No. 1 | Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
Emily Adams is a ballet pianist at the Boston Ballet School, where she enjoys playing classes for all ages of students, from children to young professionals. Emily has also played for the dancers at the San Francisco Opera, SF Ballet School, and Princeton Ballet School. In addition to her playing, Emily is a mezzo-soprano, and has performed throughout New England with groups such as Lowell House Opera, Opera51, and the Nashua Choral Society. She studies organ with Christian Lane.
Praeludium in G Major | Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697)
Kyrie (Messe pour les Couvents) | François Couperin (1668-1733)
Premier couplet: Plein Jeu
2e couplet: Fugue sur la Trompette
3e couplet: Récit de Chromhorne
4e Couplet: Trio à 2 Dessus de Chromhorne et la basses de tierce
Dernier couplet: Dialogue sur la trompette du Grand Clavier et sur la Montre, le Bourdon et le Nazard du Positif
Variations on 'Mijn God, waar zal ik henengaan' | Klaas Bolt (1927-1990)
Te Deum, Op. 11 | Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968)
Sonata No. 3 in A Major | Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Con moto maestoso
Sarah Johnson holds a Master of Sacred Music from Boston University, where she studied organ with Peter Sykes. She currently serves as Organ Scholar at Holy Name Parish in West Roxbury, and as Assistant Librarian at the Organ Library of the American Guild of Organists.
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 featured as a recitalist on the 23rdSummer Organ Concert Series. In her undergraduate degree at Vassar College she studied organ with Gail Archer, and piano with Todd Crow. Since beginning college she has performed in New York City at Central Synagogue, and in Boston at Old West, Trinity Copley, and Holy Name Parish. She placed second in the 2015 Eastern NY region of the AGO’s Regional Competition for Young Organists and in the 2017 Boston chapter of the RCYO. Sarah was featured as a rising star and guest recitalist at the 2017 Musforum Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.
Past positions Sarah has held include Choral Conducting Intern at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Poughkeepsie, NY, and Resident Organ Intern on Squirrel Island, ME. She has attended the Summer Organ Institute at Westminster Choir College in New Jerseyand was named an E. Power Biggs Fellow of the Organ Historical Society in 2013. Sarah is a member of both the Organ Historical Society and the American Guild of Organists.
Sarah will attend the Eastman School of Music in the fall to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance under the direction of David Higgs.
Prelude in C Major | Vincent Lübeck (1654-1740)
Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele | Georg Böhm (1661-1733)
Prelude, Fugue, and Postlude in g minor
Passacaglia in d minor | Johann Casper Ferdinand Fischer (1656-1746)
Ciacona in G | Georg Muffat (1653-1704)
Ciacona in e minor | Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Wir Christen Leut, BWV 1090 | Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
O Lamm Gottes, BWV 1095
Liebster Jesu, Wir Sind Hier, BWV 731
Pièce d'Orgue, BWV 572
A native of St. Catharines Ontario, Canada, Christiaan Teeuwsen is an alumnus of Dordt College. He received his BA from Dordt College (1980) where he studied organ with Dr. Joan Ringerwole. He received a Master of Fine Arts (1983), and Doctor of Musical Arts (1994) at the University of Iowa, completing studies with Dr. Delores Bruch and Dr. Delbert Disselhorst. Teeuwsen was awarded the Uitvoerend Musicus - Orgel (Solo Diploma - Organ/1984) for Organ Performance from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. During studies in The Netherlands and Germany he was assistant organist to Klaas Bolt at the Grote of Sint Bavo Kerk in Haarlem (1983-85). During his tenure in Europe he studied with Harold Vogel at the North German Organ Academy, and Ton Koopman (Utrecht) in organ.
He has recorded on historic instruments in The Netherlands; Bach meets Buxtehude on theBader Organ (1641) in Zutphen; North German Organ Works on the Schnitger Organ (1702) in Groningen; Baroque Dances and The Organ Works Of Georg Böhm for the Naxos label on the Reil organ (1999) in the Bovenkerk, Kampen, and recently completed a CD on the Casavant organ in Dordt College chapel. Christiaan has given recitals and workshops throughout The United Sates, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and South Korea.
He is Director of Musicat MacNab Street Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, and Professor of music at Redeemer University College (Organ and Choral music) in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. (www.redeemer.ca).
Prelude in a minor, BuxWV 153 | Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 664 | Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
La Nativité du Seigneur | Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
V. Les Enfants de Dieu
VI. Les Anges
6 Studies in Canonic Form, Op 56 | Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
V. Nicht zu schnell
Arietta | Thomas H. Kerr (1915-1988)
Passacaglia in c minor, BWV 582 | J.S. Bach
A native of Seattle, Isaac Drewes is a Master’s Degree graduate student 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 in Organ Performance and Church Music 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. Performances 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. He is actively involved in the Organ Historical Society, having been an E. Power Biggs fellow in 2015, and currently serving on the 2018 Convention Committee. Additionally, in 2016 and 2017, he performed for OHS conventions held in Philadelphia, PA and the Twin Cities, MN respectively. 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.
Paean | Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)
Variations on Psalm 36 | Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Vater unser im Himmelreich | Georg Böhm (1661-1733)
Prelude in g minor, BuxWV 149 | Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele,BWV 654 | Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Lay my burden down (2017) | Iain Farrington (b.1977)
ii. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
i. When I lay my burden down
A highly versatile artist, Stephan Griffin enjoys an active career as a singer, conductor, and organist. Praised by Early Music America for his warm tone and described by the Washington Post as “sweet-voiced”, Stephan has been privileged to sing with a variety of ensembles including Texas Early Music Project, The Marsh Chapel Choir, Schola Cantorum of Boston, The Brookline Consort, and Sourcework. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe with Pfunkhaus, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Jesus) with the Brown University Chorus, Schubert’s Schwanengesang with Michael Bahmann, and Dowland’s A Pilgrimes Solace with the Long and Away consort. Stephan holds a BMus in Vocal Performance from Boston University and has done additional studies at the Royal College of Music in London. Equally at home as an organist, he holds a MMus in Organ Performance and Sacred Music from The University of Texas at Austin and a DMA in Organ Performance from Boston University. While living in Texas, he served on the music faculty and as chapel organist at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School (Austin) and as the Chorus Master and bass soloist for the Austin Baroque Orchestra (formerly Ensemble Settecento). As an accompanist, Stephan has collaborated with numerous ensembles including the Dallas Wind Symphony, Berkshire Choral International, and the Maryland State Boychoir, with appearances at the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Hall.
Join us as we celebrate the 88th birthday of our Founding Director, Yuko Hayashi.
Participants and Performers include: Greg Crowell • Kyler Brown • Christa Rakich • Margaret Angelini • Kevin Birch • Michael Kraft • Steve Dieck • Dana Robinson
Free admission; Donations accepted to support the Old West Organ Society.
A reception follows the program.
Old West's new lunchtime series, featuring local student organists, concludes with a performance by Boston Organ Studio member and organist of Old West Church, Jennifer Hsiao.
BRUHNS: Praeludium in G Major
MESSIAEN: Transports de joie (L'Ascension)
DUPRÉ: Variations sur un Noël
Jennifer Hsiao was recently appointed organist at Old West Church, Boston, where she plays the weekly services. Her organ studies have been with Eric Plutz at Princeton, Chelsea Chen at Yale, and now with Christian Lane at Harvard. She has played in recitals in the Boston area and has performed as a guest organist with the Bay Colony Brass.
Jennifer is also a pianist and violinist. She has won numerous competitions and has performed concerti as both a piano and violin soloist with several orchestras including the Princeton University Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Youth Symphony, and Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. As a pianist she has studied with Margreet Francis, Jennifer Tao, Abbey Simon, and Peter Frankl. She began her violin studies with Teri Einfeldt, continuing with Brian Lewis and Dorothy DeLay. While at Princeton, she was first violin of the Princeton University String Quartet and concertmaster of the Princeton University Orchestra.
Jennifer holds an A.B. in Chemistry and certificates in Latin and Music Performance from Princeton and a Masters of Music Performance (violin) from the Yale School of Music. She is now a PhD candidate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard, where she also serves as concertmaster of the Dudley Orchestra and Resident Music Tutor at Dunster House.
Old West's new lunchtime series, featuring local student organists, continues with a performance by Sam Nelson (Boston University).
BACH: Sonata in G Major, BWV 530
FRANCK: Choral in A Minor
Sam Nelson was born in Lynn, Massachusetts and held his first organist position at the age of 12. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Gordon College in 2011 under the tutelage of Dr. Roy Brunner and Mr. Douglas Marshall. In 2012 he won second prize at the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival. Sam is the music director at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lynnfield and is a regular substitute at Park Street Church, Boston. Currently, Sam is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance at Boston University, studying organ with Peter Sykes.
When he isn't playing organ, Sam has served as Tour Manager and Organ Technician for Cameron Carpenter and the International Touring Organ, and also plays keyboards for a local wedding band, Somerset.
Old West's new lunchtime series, featuring local student organists, continues with a performance by Brian Edwards (Longy School of Music).
BUXTEHUDE: Präludium in G Minor, BuxWV 149
BACH: O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sünde groß, BWV 622
BACH: Pièce d'Orgue, BWV 572
Brian is well on his way to achieving his ultimate goal - to be “an accomplished musician." Brian hails from the heart of the Caribbean Antigua and Barbuda. His musical journey started back in his native land Antigua, at the tender age of 5 under the watchful eyes of Sereta Massiah and Samrah Samuel both of Antigua, Albert Lynch Jr. from the USVI and Sally Alexander from England.
He played the organ, piano, violin, and cello and clarinet. He has performed in major Caribbean islands and alongside in the USVI, BVI and USA as a guest organist. Brian has played for too many congregations but his love is performing for folks his age and less who are willing to learn something different about the organ.
In his relatively early journey, Brian has already chalked up note worthy achievements and awards. A music scholarship in 2004 from the NEW SCHOOL OF MUSIC in St. Thomas USVI. In 2005 he entered the Antigua and Barbuda Competitive Music Festival, he was the overall winner in two categories - Organ and Woodwind and Brass, taking home the gold awards. This wins also earns him the Walter Chambers Memorial Trophy (organ) and The Oscar Mason Memorial Trophy (woodwind and brass). He also became the 2005 Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra's Student of the Year Award. Brian has completed his Associates Degree in Music at the Barbados Community College in Organ and he’s now present student at Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Old West's new lunchtime series, featuring local student organists, continues with a performance by Dennis Chan (Boston Organ Studio).
BACH: Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
REGER: Introduction and Passacaglia in D Minor
VIERNE: Carillon de Westminster
Dennis Chan came from a musical family in Hong Kong and started learning piano at the young age of 6. By age 12 he was regularly accompanying his church choir and was then appointed pianist of the church. He began learning the pipe organ in 2003 under the instruction of Ronald Ebrecht, while pursuing a Physics degree at Wesleyan University. As a student of Ronald's, he performed concerts in Connecticut, Colorado, and Guadalajara, Mexico.
He is currently a student of Christian Lane in Boston and performs regularly in venues such as Old West Church and Harvard University. Not content to just play the organ, Dennis also recently built his own - an electronic organ using an Arduino board, scavenged parts, and his software engineering skills. Always looking to help others pursue the craft, he would be happy to help interested individuals build their own affordable practice organs.
Old West's new lunchtime series, featuring local student organists, opens with a performance by Sarah Johnson (Boston University).
DECKER: Tango Toccata on a Theme by Melchior Vulpius
SWEELINCK: Ballo del Granduca
BACH: Gigue Fugue, BWV 577
REGER: Introduction & Passacaglia in D Minor
Sarah Johnson is a graduate of Vassar College where she studied organ performance with Gail Archer and piano performance with Todd Crow. For her last two years at Vassar she served as Music Intern at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Poughkeepsie. For the 2015 to 2016 school year, Sarah directed the Vassar Camerata Choir, a group dedicated to the performance of early music.
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 for the 23rd Summer Organ Concert Series. She was named an E. Power Biggs Fellow of the Organ Historical Society in 2013. Over the summers of 2015 and 2016 she was the Resident Organ Intern on Squirrel Island, Maine.
Since beginning college she has performed in New York City at Central Synagogue and placed second in the 2015 Eastern NY region of the AGO’s RCYO/Quimby competition. Sarah is currently studying for a Master of Sacred Music in Organ at Boston University with Peter Sykes and serves as Organ Scholar at Holy Name Parish in West Roxbury.
Libor Dudas leads a public master class on the organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach at Old West Church.
Organ faculty at the Longy School of Music, Prof. Dudas will hear performances by and offer comments to local student organists.
The event is free and open to the public.
Olivia Chen: Toccata in F, BWV 540a
Dennis Chan: Prelude and Fugue in D, BWV 532
Saeah Lee: Sonata in C Major, BWV 529,i
Gigi Mitchell-Velasco: Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor
Libor Dudas is a native of Croatia. He began his musical studies in piano at the age of 8. At the age of 14 gave his first organ recital in his hometown of Osijek, which led to performances in all the major cities of former Yugoslavia. A scholarship took him to Vienna, Austria, to study organ and church music where he performed, not only in Vienna and Innsbruck, but also throughout Bavaria and Italy. At the age of 20, Dr. Dudas presented an organ recital in the Thomaskirche, Bach’s church in Leipzig, Germany. After receiving his Diploma with Distinction at the Hochschulefür Music und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, he furthered his studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and at the New England Conservatory of Music where he received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Organ Performance.
Libor Dudas has studied organ with Rudolph Scholz, Craig Cramer, Gail Walton, William Porter and harpsichord with Darlene Catello and Edward Parmentier. He also studied harpsichord, fortepiano and organ with Peter Sykes and conducting with Jeffrey Rink, former director of the Chorus Pro Musica. Dr. Dudas had premiered pieces by Boston composers James McDonald, Felipe Lara and recorded and premiere of a harpsichord piece “Summer Mischief” by Michigan composer Matthew H. Fields. Dr.Dudas’ recording of Elgar’s “Vesper Voluntaries” can be heard on the CD “Historic Organs of Boston” published by the Organ Historical Society. His latest recording of organ music by Michigan composer David Nisbet Stewart has been released in digital format on Amazon.
As a harpsichordist, forte pianist and organist, he has given numerous concerts throughout North America and Europe and is also active as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist. Recent recitals on the fortepiano have included programs of Mozart and Beethoven sonatas and variations.
In 2008, Dr. Dudas released the CD “Organ music at Old North.”
Libor Dudas was also a music director of the Fine Arts Chorale from 2000-2009.
He has conducted the Chorale in works by Kodaly, Mozart, Schubert, Haydn, Poulenc, Langlais, Faure, Bernstein, Orff and Brahms.
Libor Dudas was on the piano faculty of the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School and on the faculty at the Boston Conservatory of Music.
Recent concerts include all Beethoven program on period instrumentswith violinist Sarah Darling and cellist Phoebe Carrai at Longy School of music, Schubert’s “Schwanen Gesang” with baritone Taylor Ward andcollaboration with Boston Camerata in a concert“ Patriots and Heroes” at the Boston Athenaeum.
Currently, Dr. Dudas teaches at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA. He is also the Organist and Choir Director at Boston’s Old North Church.