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Juilliard Organists Give Annual Free Recital in Juillard's Paul Hall on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 8 PM

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Juilliard's annual recital by the organ students of Paul Jacobs, Chair of Juilliard's Organ Department (originally scheduled for February 10, but cancelled due to weather) will now take place Wednesday, May 5 at 8 PM, for the first time on the Holtkamp organ in the School's Paul Hall (155 West 65th Street). The seven organists performing on this FREE recital are Keenen Boswell, Nichole Cochran, David Crean, Michael Hey, Christopher Houlihan, Ryan Jackson, and Raymond Nagem. Mr. Jacobs is well known for his own virtuosic playing and innovative repertory and his students, likewise, present a remarkably varied program on May 5. 

The program features Felix Mendelssohn's Sonata in A Major, Op. 65, No. 3 with Raymond Nagem; Charles Tournemire's Choral-Improvisation on Victimae Paschali with Nichole Cochran; W.A. Mozart's Fantasy in F Minor, K. 594 with Christopher Houlihan; Vincent Persichetti's Sonata for Organ with David Crean; Ad Wammes' Miroir (1989) with Keenen Boswell; Maurice Duruflé's Prélude et fugue sur le nom D'Alain, Op. 7 with Ryan Jackson; and Marcel Dupré's Variations sur un Noël, Op. 20 with Michael Hey.

 

Tickets from the original February 10th date will be honored. Standby admissions only. For more information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

 

Paul Hall's Holtkamp organ was custom built for Juilliard in 1970 and extensively refurbished in 2002. New to Juilliard's Organ Department this academic year is a recently acquired pipe organ in the Romantic-Symphonic style, built by the distinguished firm Schoenstein Co. of San Francisco. The new organ is one of four housed in Juilliard's newly-built, 5th-floor organ studios, part of Juilliard's just completed $200 million school-wide renovation and expansion, and adjacent to the School's brand new Judith Harris & Tony Woolfson Orchestral Studio.

 

JUILLIARD ORGANISTS - BIOS

 

Keenan Boswell is a senior undergraduate organ student at Juilliard. He currently is employed as organist at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in New York City. In June 2007, he received the Region IX first prize award for the AGO Quimby Regional competition and subsequently gave a solo recital at both the AGO Region IX Convention in January 2008 and the AGO National Convention in June 2008. In April 2009, Mr. Boswell won second prize in the acclaimed Wells Competition of Lubbock, Texas. He will be sharing a concert with organist Nichole Cochran at Spreckels Theater in Balboa Park, San Diego in August 2010.

 

Nichole Cochran is in her final year as an undergraduate organ student at Juilliard. She currently holds the position of assisting organist at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church of NYC. Ms. Cochran has recently performed at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Central Synagogue, and Heinz Memorial Chapel. While in high school, she was twice accepted into the Pittsburgh Organ Academy receiving two years of lessons from notable members of the American Guild of Organists. This summer, she will perform with organist Keenan Bowell as part of the Spreckels Summer Organ Festival 2010 in Balboa Park, San Diego.

 

David Crean is in his first year of the doctor of musical arts program and is attending Juilliard on a full scholarship as a recipient of the C.V. Starr Fellowship. He received his bachelor of music degree from Oberlin College and his master of arts degree from the University of Iowa. His previous teachers include David Boe, Delbert Disselhorst, Brett Wolgast, and Gregory Hand.

 

Michael Hey is a first year undergraduate organ student at Juilliard. He was awarded the Alice Tully Scholarship. During the summer 2009, he was invited to participate in the Kimmel Center Teen Summer Arts Camp. For two weeks, he studied organ with Alan Morrison, professor of organ at the Curtis Institute, Peter Richard Conte, grand court organist of the Wanamaker organ, and Nathan Laube, concert organist. He appeared on "The Wanamaker Organ Hour" which aired on WRTI-FM radio. Mr. Hey is a colleague of the American Guild of Organists. In February 2009, he won the AGO Twin Cities Chapter Organ Competition. In October 2009, he was appointed assistant organist at St. Malachy's The Actors' Chapel in New York City. Mr. Hey has performed organ and piano concerts in the Midwest and on the East Coast and enjoys transcribing and premiering music for both instruments.

 

Christopher Houlihan is in his first year of the master of music program at Juilliard. He is an Irene Diamond Graduate Fellow and a recipient of The Chairman's Grant. A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, he spent a year in France studying at the Conservatoire de Versailles (earning the "prix de perfectionnement" artist diploma) and working as assistant musician at the American Cathedral in Paris. Mr. Houlihan made his orchestral debut with the Hartford Symphony in 2008, and his first solo CD was released by Towerhill Recordings in 2007. His previous teachers include Jean-Baptiste Robin and John Rose.

 

Ryan Jackson, a native of Bracebridge, Ontario, is in his second year of the doctor of musical arts program and is attending Juilliard on a full scholarship as a recipient of the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship. He completed his master of music degree from Yale in 2008 and completed his undergraduate studies in organ performance at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music in 2006. He is the winner of the Royal Canadian College of Organists' 2005 National Organ Playing Competition. He also is the winner of two other major Canadian competitions: the Florence and Stanley Osborne National Organ Playing Competition (2004) and the regional Young Organists Competition sponsored by the Toronto Centre of the RCCO (2004). Mr. Jackson serves as assistant organist at Christ Church Methodist on Park Avenue and regularly appears in concert throughout Canada and the United States.

 

Raymond Nagem is in his first year master of music program at Juilliard. As recipient of the first American Friends of Eton College Scholarship, he spent a year in England. In 2007, he was the Region I (New England) winner of the AGO/Quimby Competition for Young Organists and played a "rising star" recital at the 2008 AGO National Convention in Minneapolis. Mr. Nagem is a 2009 graduate of Yale University, where he studied with Thomas Murray and held positions at Trinity Church, Southport, Connecticut (from 2005-2007) and Christ Church, New Haven (from 2007-2009). Currently, he is assistant organist at St. Paul's in Englewood, New Jersey.

CONCERT LISTING:

Juilliard Organists

Wednesday, May 5, 8 PM, Paul Hall (155 West 65th Street)

Organists: Keenan Boswell, Nichole Cochran, David Crean, Michael Hey, Christopher Houlihan,

Ryan Jackson, and Raymond Nagem

Program:

Felix Mendelssohn - Sonata in A Major, Op. 65, No. 3

Charles Tournemire - Choral-Improvisation on Victimae Paschali

W.A. Mozart - Fantasy in F Minor, K. 594

Vincent Persichetti - Sonata for Organ

Ad Wammes - Miroir (1989)

Maurice Duruflé - Prélude et fugue sur le nom D'Alain, Op. 7

Marcel Dupré- Variations sur un Noël, Op. 20

Tickets from the original February 10th date will be honored. Standby admissions only. For more information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Juilliard's Organ Department opens their Thursday classes from 11 AM to 1 PM in Paul Hall to the general public. No tickets are required to sit in on the class.