Organ Manuals

Organ Recital

Karl Robson, organist

Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

Karl Robson is the Director of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed undergraduate work magna cum laude with departmental distinction in Church Music and Organ Performance at St. Olaf College, where he was a student of Dr. Catherine Rodland. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts as well as the Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with David Higgs.

Photo Credit: Jay Mallin

Michael Unger, organist

Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

Multiple award-winning musician Michael Unger appears as a soloist and chamber musician in North America, Europe, Japan and South Korea, and is Associate Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Michael Kleinschmidt, organist

Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

Canon for Cathedral Music at Saint Mark’s Cathedral (Episcopal), Seattle, Washington, Michael has also served as Canon for Cathedral Music at Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. Michael is an accomplished organist, having played in recitals across the world, including an All-Bach concert in 2012 on the Flentrop Organ at Oberlin College Warner Concert Hall.

Michael Schreffler, Organist

Friday, October 8, 2021

Michael Schreffler received organ instruction from Rebecca Borthwick while he was an undergrad at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, and pursued additional studies with John Walker and Robert Glasgow after college. He presently studies with Richard Fitzgerald and serves as organist and music director at First United Methodist of London, OH. He makes his home in Columbus.

All Friday Lunchtime Organ Recitals are at 12:30 p.m. (or immediately following the 12:05 Mass)

Chase Loomer, Organist

Friday, November 19, 2021

Chase Loomer is a second year Doctor of Music candidate at Indiana University, where he studies organ with Christopher Young. He completed his Bachelor of Music in organ performance at the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student of David Higgs, and his Master of Music at Yale University, where he was a student of Martin Jean and also studied improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart.

Originally from Charlotte, NC, Chase’s accomplishments include: First prize, 2018 Taylor Organ Competition; first prize, 2015 AGO/Quimby Southeast Regional Competition for Young Organists; and first prize, 2015 Sarasota-Manatee AGO Chapter Competition. In 2019, he was a semifinalist in the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition and also received the Robert Baker Scholarship from the Yale ISM, awarded annually to a first year organ student. Upon graduating from Yale, he was awarded the Julia R. Sherman Memorial Prize from the Yale School of Music, given annually to a graduating organ student. Chase is currently the music director of Church of the Nativity in Indianapolis, IN. He was featured in the Rising Star series at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston and attended the 2016 OHS Convention as an E. Power Biggs Fellow.

Chase has presented concerts throughout the country and has been featured on the radio broadcast, Pipedreams on several occasions. In addition to organ, Chase is an avid jazz pianist and singer. Outside of music, he enjoys weightlifting, sports, and biking.

All Friday Lunchtime Organ Recitals are at 12:30 p.m. (or immediately following the 12:05 Mass)

Jacob Dassa, Organist

Friday, March 25, 2022

Jacob Dassa, born in Los Angeles, California, is a versatile keyboardist specializing in historical organ, harpsichord, and clavichord. Focusing on repertoire and instruments of the 17th and 18th centuries, he has appeared in recital throughout America and Europe, as well as on the radio programs Pipedreams Live and WQXR Midday Masterpieces. Jacob holds a Master of Music degree in harpsichord from The Juilliard School, and a Bachelor of Music degree in organ from the Eastman School of Music.

All Friday Lunchtime Organ Recitals are at 12:30 p.m. (or immediately following the 12:05 Mass)

Daniel Chang, Organist

Friday, May 20, 2022

Daniel Chang is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in the studio of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music. Daniel was awarded Third Prize in the 2018 National Young Artists’ Competition in Organ Performance, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, and was a semifinalist in the 2020 NYACOP. Daniel is Director of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Canandaigua, New York.

All Friday Lunchtime Organ Recitals are at 12:30 p.m. (or immediately following the 12:05 Mass)

Dr. Jens Korndörfer, Organist

Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Korndörfer serves as Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church and directs the organ program at Georgia State University. Acclaimed as “a virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition” who creates “performances that are deeply musically satisfying as well as exciting” (The American Organist), he has performed at many prestigious venues around the world. He is a triple prize winner of the Canadian International Organ Competition in 2008 and 2011 and has three CD recordings available.

Photo by Foster and Associates

Gail Archer, Organist

Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Gail Archer is a Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College, Columbia University and founder of Musforum, an international forum for women organists. The first American woman to play Messiaen’s complete works at the composer’s centennial, Time Out New York recognized her work as ‘Best of 2008’ in classical music and opera.

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Photo by Stephanie Berger

David Jonies, Organist

Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

Director of Music and Organist of Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, David Jonies has also held positions at Westminster Cathedral (London) and the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace (UK). A native of Germany, he holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg and the performer’s certificate from the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was awarded the first prize at the 1999 Landau International Organ Competition. He has been a featured artist for national conventions of the Organ Historical Society and the National Association for Pastoral Musicians.

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