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.