Organ Manuals

Taylor B. Hendershott

In order to augment and enhance Cathedral Music, Dr. Fitzgerald has recently created an Organ Scholar position. This position will provide an opportunity for young artists still completing their education to gain practical experience working in a cathedral music program. In addition to playing organ voluntaries, hymns, and other service music, the Organ Scholar will conduct and accompany the Cathedral Choir and Schola on an intermittent basis. Lastly, the Organ Scholar will work closely with Dr. Fitzgerald and Miss Simental to aid in some of the administrative tasks involved with the program. Dr. Fitzgerald estimates that the position will typically last one to two years, at which point we hope to welcome the next Organ Scholar.

Dr. Fitzgerald welcomes Taylor B. Hendershott as Cathedral Music’s first organ scholar.

Taylor B. Hendershott is currently a music performance major in pipe organ at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio where he studied with Dr. Rebecca Abbott. Prior to studying at university, Taylor had no knowledge of the organ or music theory, yet within one year of studies had been appointed to his first church position at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Gilead, Ohio (2016-2017).

In addition to his university education, Taylor also studies improvisation and organ repertoire with Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald, Director of Music and Organist of St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio. Taylor has performed as a freelance artist for many years and has organized and performed at many musical events such as the American Guild of Organists Columbus Chapter student’s recital. Being active in the AGO has allowed Taylor the opportunity to attend conventions and perform in master classes with organists such as James David Christie and David Briggs. In the summer of 2017, Taylor organized an organ tour of central Germany where he had the opportunity to play the famous Gottfried Trost organ of Waltershausen, Germany.

In his free time, Taylor enjoys being physically active and has obtained a certification in strength and conditioning as well as nutrition. Some of Taylor’s ongoing projects are currently transcribing Bedrich Smetena’s “Die Moldau” for organ and developing a mathematical formula that devises a new set of harmonically unique scales.