Organ Concert Series

18th Annual Organ Concert Series, 2021-2022

All performances are free to the public. Concerts start at 4:00pm unless otherwise noted, and last approximately 90 minutes with a short intermission. Doors open at 3:00pm. 

To give online, please click HERE.
Be sure to select “Organ Concert Series” as the designated fund.

These concerts will be available in person and via live-stream.
Live-stream link: https://www.facebook.com/HPCUMC or http://hydeparkchurch.org/worship-online/

Carolyn Craig

October 30th, 2022

Carolyn Craig is the Organ Scholar at Westminster Cathedral in London, England for 2022-2023.  A native of Knoxville, TN, she recently placed second in the Tariverdiev International Organ Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia and received the audience prize in the Arthur Poister Organ Competition in Syracuse, New York.  Carolyn received a Master of Musical Arts (2022) and a Master of Music (2021) in organ from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music, and a Bachelor of Music with minors in conducting and German from Indiana University (2018), all summa cum laude.  She has been featured at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists as a performer, improviser, and speaker, the latter as co-founder of amplifyfemalecomposers.org and contributor to the inclusive church music-planning resource greathostcomposers.org.  In 2019, she was honored to be recognized in The Diapason’s “20 under 30.”

David von Behren

February 5th, 2023

David von Behren is the Assistant University Organist and Choirmaster of the Memorial Church at Harvard University. He earned his Master of Music degree at Yale University’s School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, studying organ with Martin Jean and improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart.  He is currently a doctoral candidate at Boston University College of Fine Arts where he studies with Peter Sykes. His recent album, French Flourishes from First Plymouth (2021), has been featured on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams.” He also was named one of The Diapason’s “20 Under 30” Class of 2016. The winner of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award on National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” David’s live radio performance has reached over half a million listeners. David continues to concertize extensively throughout the United States and Europe.  Also a violinist, David has performed in orchestra festivals at Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center. He frequently serves on teaching faculties for POEs (Pipe Organ Encounters) and various organ camps/festivals. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and running half marathons costumed as various superheroes. 

Caroline Robinson

April 23rd, 2023

Organist and church musician Dr. Caroline Robinson holds the post of Organist and Associate Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta.  She has been featured as a solo recitalist across the United States and in Europe, including St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, St. John the Divine, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, and conventions of the Organ Historical Society and American Guild of Organists.  Her playing has been
broadcast numerous times on American Public Media’s Pipedreams, Pipedreams LIVE!, and Philadelphia-based public radio station 90.1 WRTI’s Wanamaker Organ Hour.  Dr. Robinson has been a prize winner at several distinguished organ competitions and was chosen in 2016 as one of The Diapason’s “20 under 30” promising young organists.  She holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Alan Morrison, and the Eastman School of
Music, studying with David Higgs.  She has also studied in Toulouse, France, with the assistance of a Fulbright grant.  She is also an active continuo player, now playing regularly with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.

 

Casavant Organ Specifications

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church Organ by Casavant Frères, Opus 3671 The organ at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church (Opus 3671) was built by Casavant Frères of Quebec, Canada. It was completed in 1990 and was first heard in a dedicatory recital given on September 25 of that year by organist and director of music, Mark Schaffer, who with his predecessors, Edwin Domb and Todd Wilson, assisted in the design of the instrument.

In 2015, the organ celebrated its 25th birthday. Thanks to a generous gift from the estate of the late Dr. Olga Platz, a significant console technology upgrade was completed by Denis Blain of Casavant Frères in August 2015. During the upgrade project, the piston layout was reorganized by consolidating chancel and gallery divisional pistons and converting 11 unused divisional pistons into general pistons (for a new total of 19 generals). The organ’s memory was doubled from 32 to 64 levels, piston sequencing and manual transfer were added, and a set of chimes was installed in the gallery swell division. The improvements offer the organist much greater versatility and ease of playing across the entire breadth of organ repertoire up to and including the 21st century.

Summary

Gallery: 44 Stops, 63 Ranks ~ Chancel: 18 Stops, 25 Ranks ~ Total: 4843 Pipes

Thank You To Our Donors

The Organ Concert Series at HPCUMC is committed to offering top-quality musical performances to the community without an admission price, but we need your help. The series has been sustained solely through private donations and receives no assistance from the church budget. If you have been blessed by this ministry of music, and if you share our mission of promoting excellent music on an excellent organ, played by some of the world’s finest concert organists, please consider giving a gift to The Organ Concert Series Fund. Your contributions are tax-deductible and will enable us to continue to offer these concerts for many years to come.

2021-2022
Damin Spritzer, Aaron David Miller, Stephen Price

2020-2021
Rhonda Sider Edgington, Graeme Shields & Brenda Portman, Dexter Kennedy

2019-2020
Thomas Gaynor and Katelyn Emerson

2018-2019
Thomas Heywood, Eric Plutz, and Bálint Karosi

2017-2018
Jean-Baptiste Robin & Romain Leleu, Kola Owolabi, Renee Anne Louprette

2016-2017
Greg Zelek, Ken Cowan & Lisa Shihoten, Tom Trenney, Amy Johansen & Robert Ampt

2015-2016
CCM Wind Ensemble with Brenda Portman & Michael Unger, Rachel Laurin, Stephen Tharp, David Baskeyfield

2014-2015
Jonathan Ryan, Christoph Bull, Huw Lewis

2013-2014
Jeannine & David Jordan, Organized Rhythm (Clive Driskill-Smith and Joseph Gramley), Raúl Prieto Ramírez, The Canterbury Brass with Brenda Portman

2012-2013
Ken Cowan, Christian Lane, Janette Fishell

2011-2012
Frédéric Blanc, Michael Unger, Douglas Cleveland

2010-2011
Clive Driskill-Smith, Brenda Portman, Raúl Prieto Ramírez, Isabelle Demers

2009-2010
Christopher Houlihan, Anthony & Beard, Bradley Hunter Welch

2008-2009
Thomas Trotter, The Chenaults organ duo, Lynne Davis

2007-2008
Alan Morrison, New York Organ & Piano Duo (Daniel Sullivan, organ, and Jason Cutmore, piano), and Thierry Escaich

2006-2007
Vincent Dubois, Martin Jean, and Anthony & Beard (Gary Beard, organ, and Ryan Anthony, trumpet)

2005-2006
Stefan Engels, Olivier Latry, and Carol Williams

2004-2005
Pierre Pincemaille, Sonia Kim, and Paul Jacobs

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