Organ Concert Series




  • The concerts are free and open to the public
  • Concerts begin at 4:00 p.m., doors open at 3:00 p.m.
  • Performances generally last 90 minutes with a short intermission
  • You are cordially invited to a reception to meet the artist immediately following each concert

Thomas Gaynor

October 27, 2019

In July 2017, New Zealand-born organist Thomas Gaynor was awarded the First Prize in Organ Interpretation and the Audience Prize at the St. Albans International Organ Competition. He is the 25th organist to receive this distinction since the competition and festival was founded in 1963, joining its roll call of past winners, which includes many of the most influential pipe organists of our day. In addition to claiming prizes in major international organ competitions in Germany, Australia, Japan, and the United States, Thomas Gaynor is rapidly making his mark on the organ scene in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. A student of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Thomas recently graduated with a master’s degree and the Performer’s Certificate. He is currently pursuing his D.M.A. degree there, and was awarded the highly coveted Artist’s Certificate ̶ an honor the institution had not given an organist for nearly three decades.

Katelyn Emerson

February 16, 2020

Katelyn Emerson, hailed as “one of the world’s most promising organists” (Listvinafélag Hallgrímskirkju, Iceland), is internationally renowned for performances throughout North America, Europe, and Asia that are “thrilling from beginning to end” and that showcase repertoire from the 14th-21st centuries with “impressive technical facility and musicianship” (Cleveland Classical). Katelyn garners acclaim from new listeners of classical music to audiences of colleagues and organ aficionados alike, having won prizes in organ competitions on three continents, including the 2016 AGO National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, Katelyn is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Organ with Ludger Lohmann at the Musikhochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, having been awarded a German Academic Exchange Scholarship (DAAD). Recipient of a Fulbright Study/Research Grant, Katelyn studied organ at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Toulouse, France for the 2015-2016 academic year with Michel Bouvard, Jan Willem Jansen, and Yasuko Uyama-Bouvard.

Alcee Chriss

April 26, 2020

Winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition and Silver Medalist at the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, Alcee Chriss III has been celebrated for his “grace, skill and abundant proficiency” (Journal Assist News, Albuquerque). And of his prize-winning performance at the Longwood Gardens Competition, Choir and Organ Magazine declared, “Chriss stole the show.” Mr. Chriss also won First Prize and Audience Prize in the Miami International Organ Competition (2014), the Fort Wayne National Organ Competition (2016), the Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition in Wethersfield, CT (2013), and the Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists in Austin, TX (2013). Alcee is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at McGill University where he studies with Hans-Ola Ericsson. He previously studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he received the Master’s degree in historical keyboard and a Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance. In addition to his organ and harpsichord performances, Alcee is also active as a conductor and jazz pianist.

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.


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

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