Organ Manuals

Organ Recital

Thomas Gaynor, Organist

Sunday, November 11, 2018
at 3:00 p.m.

Winner of the first and audience prizes in the 2017 St. Albans International Organ Competition, and first prizes in the Third International Bach-Liszt Organ Competition in Erfurt/Weimar, Germany, the Sydney International Organ Competition, and the Fort Wayne National Organ Playing competition, as well as being second prize winner in the Miami International Organ Competition, 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 an MM degree and the Performer’s Certificate. He is currently pursuing his DMA degree there, as well as the prestigious Artist’s Certificate.

David Baskeyfield, Organist

BaskeyfieldSunday, February 10, 2019
at 3:00 p.m.

Winner of the 2014 Canadian International Organ Competition held in Montreal in October, British organist David Baskeyfield has performed numerous concerts in Great Britain and Europe, has appeared at major organ festivals in the U. S. and Canada, and has been heard on the NPR radio program Pipedreams.

“It’s hard to imagine a more commanding performance of the Final from [Louis Vierne’s] Sixth Symphony. Baskeyfield’s feet
flew flawlessly up and down the pedalboard in one of the trickiest pedal parts in the organ repertory.” –Dallas News

Jonathan Dimmock, Organist

Sunday, March 31, 2019
at 3:00 p.m.

After graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory, Yale School of Music, and Yale Divinity School, American organist Jonathan Dimmock became the first American ever to hold the prestigious position of Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey. His teachers and mentors have included Dame Gillian Weir, Simon Preston, Jean Langlais, Harald Vogel, William Porter, Thomas Murray, and Gerre Hancock. After his studies, Mr. Dimmock went on to serve three American cathedrals, St. John the Divine in New York City, St. Mark’s in Minneapolis, and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. He now resides in California, serving as Organist of St. Ignatius Church (San Francisco), Interim Director of the Grace Cathedral Camerata, and Organist for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Dupré’s “Le Chemin de la Croix”

Friday, April 12, 2019
at 7:30 p.m.

Cathedral Principal Organist and Assistant Director of Music, Miss Nicole Simental, will present Marcel Dupré’s Le Chemin de la Croix (The Stations of the Cross). Winner of the Fourth International Goedicke Organ Competition at the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, Russia and co-winner at the First Sursa American Organ Competition at Ball State University, Simental began her duties at the Cathedral in June 2017.

Jonathan Ryan

Jonathan RyanSunday, September 24, 2017
at 3:00 p.m.

Jonathan Ryan is a multi-prize winning organist. Lauded for his strong communicative skills in a variety of styles, exceptional use of the instrument’s capabilities, and bold programming, he has emerged as one of North America’s premier young concert artists. With a repertoire spanning the 16th to 21st centuries, he has performed at celebrated venues, festivals, and conventions throughout the North America and Europe. Mr. Ryan will present the complete Clavier-Übung III of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Nicole Simental

Nicole SimentalSunday, October 15, 2017
at 3:00 p.m.

Recently appointed Principal Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Saint Joseph Cathedral, Nicole Simental makes her debut performance on the Cathedral’s concert series. Winner of the Fourth International Goedicke Organ Competition at the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, Russia and co-winner at the First Sursa American Organ Competition at Ball State University, Miss Simental began her duties at the cathedral last June.

David Briggs

David BriggsSunday, November 12, 2017
at 3:00 p.m.

One of the foremost Concert Organists of his generation, David Briggs enjoys a busy touring schedule that takes him all over the world. He has built a reputation as an exciting performer and communicator, with particular emphases on orchestral transcriptions and improvisation. Currently Artist-in-Residence at Saint James Cathedral, Toronto, David is also Organist Emeritus of Gloucester Cathedral, United Kingdom.

John Walker

John WalkerSunday, February 11, 2018
at 3:00 p.m.

Former President of the American Guild of Organists, John Walker is an American concert organist, choirmaster, and CD recording artist. Walker has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. He is “widely recognized for his flawless technique and execution as well as his controlled and passionate playing,” said Duke University in announcing a John Walker recital at Duke Chapel. Since 2006 he has served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and George Mason University.

Todd Wilson

Todd WilsonPerforming the complete organ works of Duruflé.

Sunday, September 18, 2016
at 3:00 p.m.

Todd Wilson is head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music and Curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall in Cleveland, OH; he is also Director of Music and Worship at Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral, and House Organist for the newly-restored Aeolian organ at the Stan Hywet Home and Gardens, Akron, Ohio.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Richard and Rebecca Fitzgerald

Rebecca FitzgeraldRichard K. FitzgeraldRichard K. Fitzgerald, Organist
Rebecca Fitzgerald, Horn

Sunday, October 16, 2016
at 3:00 p.m.

Works by Fitzgerald, Langlais, Widor, Hakim, and an improvised accompaniment to the 1903 silent film “Vie et Passion du Christ.” (See below for a short preview.)

Recently appointed Director of Music and Organist of St. Joseph Cathedral, Dr. Fitzgerald is joined by his wife, Peabody trained horn player Rebecca Fitzgerald, in a debut performance on the Cathedral’s concert series.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

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