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Photo: Fabiane Lange

...is a concert organist, church musician, chamber musician, (sometimes carillonneur), and currently a fanatical fan of antique Northern German organs.

 

Welcome to my website!

Whether it is information about me and my concerts, or photos and recordings of some of the organs I know and love, I hope you'll enjoy the time you spend here.

 

I'm seen here in front of the beautiful 16th century case of the organ built in 1962 by Ahrend and Brunzema for St. Martini Church in Bremen, Germany. This amazing instrument, where I practiced regularly for many of my years in Germany, has three manuals and 33 stops, mechanical action, and is tuned in Bach Kellner temperament.

 

Hello again friends!  It is officially winter here in Western Michigan, and I've been practicing my snow shoveling skills once again.  I'm also practicing lots of music and learning notes like mad.  I thought this winter was going to be low-key, since I'm not traveling much, but then local opportunities kept popping up.  So, I'm looking forward to an assortment of music-making in the area these next months:

I've been helping to plan a hymn festival with folks from the seminary, another church, and the college, to celebrate a new hymnal, and have an excuse to get together and sing and make music

I'm going to be playing with members of the Grand Rapids Symphony, at Calvin College, as part of the Grand Rapids Bach Festival, playing a couple of Bach's fabulous cantatas for obligato organ

There will be my annual concert at Hope Church, which this year will be made up of chamber music with various colleagues - flute, oboe, tuba, violin, and marimba.  Included in this concert will be the world premiere of friend and church music colleague Steve Jenkin's piece for marimba and organ. 

Speaking of premieres, I'll be playing with the West Michigan Flute Orchestra in their spring concert, and we will be premiering a piece written by another friend (from my Germany days) Barry Jordan, for flute orchestra and organ, called Whistling Thirds.  I've never played before with a stage full of flutes!  

Check the concerts page for info on when these things are happening, and check my Musings:blog page for pictures, zany stories, and all the news from my whirlwind fall.