The 2019 Old West Organ Society Summer Series continues with a performance by Boston Organ Studio members Marshall Joos & Katie Yosua. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted in support of the Society.
Marshall Joos is a high school junior from Somersworth, NH. He began his organ studies five years ago under Lorrie Dodson with scholarships from the Young Organist Collaborative (YOC), a Portsmouth-based non-profit focused on investing in the next generation of organists. He is a two-time winner of the YOC’s Penn Brown Scholarship for Advanced Organ Studies. In Fall 2018, Marshall began studying organ under Christian Lane of the Boston Organ Studio. Under Mr. Lane’s direction, Marshall competed and won 1st place in the Boston AGO Chapter Regional Competition for Young Organists in March 2019, subsequently won 1st place in the L. Cameron Johnson Scholarship Competition in May, and went on to place 2nd at the Northeast Regional Convention in Buffalo, NY in July. Marshall has enjoyed playing in concerts throughout New England, most notably on the organ at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall (Methuen, MA), the Kotzschmar organ at Merrill Auditorium (Portland, ME) and on the Charles Fisk organ at the historic Old West Church (Boston, MA). In addition to organ, Marshall is also an accomplished pianist. He placed 2nd in the Portsmouth Symphony Concerto Competition in the spring of 2019. His piano teacher is Dr. Hsiang Tu, formerly of UNH. Marshall regularly plays both piano and organ at Heritage Baptist Church in Dover, NH, and participates in both the teen and adult choirs there.
Katie Yosua is a native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where she grew up as a singer, flutist, and organist. She holds a Master of Sacred Music from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Williams College, where she studied organ with Peter Sykes and Edwin Lawrence respectively. She is currently the Music Director of Green Street Baptist Church in Melrose, Massachusetts. Also an active singer in the Boston area, she has performed with ensembles such as Vox Futura, Boston Choral Ensemble, and Night Song, and she serves as the Assistant Conductor of Convivium Musicum, a Renaissance choir based in Brookline, MA, where she resides. With the rest of her time, she works at Harvard Business School and enjoys reading, knitting, and running.