Joby Bell brings to his performances a contagious affability and a keen sensitivity to an audience’s increased appreciation for organ music. His recital programming demonstrates a varied and interesting repertoire, enhanced by illuminating program notes designed to embrace all audiences. His acclaimed blog deals with a comprehensive range of organ-related topics including teaching philosophies, recital preparation, church music, and professional concerns.
In 2000 he garnered Second Prize and the Audience Prize in the American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. Since 2004, he has served on the faculty of the Hayes School of Music, Appalachian State University, where he teaches organ and church music studies. His teaching specializes in practice techniques, memorization, service playing, choral accompanying, and maintaining grace under pressure – lessons always best taught by example.
His recordings include Music City Mixture, recorded on mechanical-action organs of Nashville, Live Performances, compiled from live recitals at Appalachian State University, Rice University, Houston Baptist University, and the Washington National Cathedral, and let the rain kiss you, a collaborative project with Augusta-based soprano Melissa Givens. Recent recording projects include Widor Symphonies, an all-British program, and large works by Jongen, Reubke, and Brahms.
Ms. Davis’ career was launched by taking First Prize at the prestigious St. Albans International Organ Competition in England. Since then, her activities have included being a featured performer at two American Guild of Organist national conventions, a member of international organ competition juries, giving concerts, masterclasses and lectures about French organ literature and its history. Her unique living and working experience in France gives her the status of world authority in all French organ repertoire.
She holds the “Certificat d’Aptitude de Professeur d’Orgue” delivered by the Republic of France. A renowned teacher, she has served as organ professor at the Conservatory of Music in Clamart near Paris and from 1997 to 2006 at the French National Regional Conservatory in Caen in Normandy. In the fall of 2006, she was appointed Associate Professor of Organ, holding the Robert L. Town Distinguished Professor of Organ chair at the Wichita State University School of Music in Kansas. In addition to heading the organ program, she also produces the Rie Bloomfield Organ Series and performs monthly half-hour organ recitals, the “Wednesdays in Wiedemann” series she created in 2007.
Lynne Davis performs extensively and always to enthusiastic critical acclaim both in Europe and North America. Her recordings include discs, radio broadcasts and live performances particularly on the famed organ at Chartres Cathedral in France where her disc “Musique pour Cathédrales” won the coveted French 5 Diapasons award. After Ms. Davis’ recording, “Lynne Davis en Concert” on the world-renowned Cavaillé-Coll organ at the church of St. Etienne in Caen in Normandy, her most recent CD is “Lynne Davis at the Marcussen organ in Wiedemann Hall” at Wichita State University.
Isabelle Demers is Assistant Professor of Organ at Baylor University, where she teaches applied organ and other courses in the organ curriculum. Dr. Demers holds the BM in piano and organ from Le Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, as well as MM and DMA from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Paul Jacobs. Her doctoral work on Bach’s St. John’s Passion received the Richard French Prize for best dissertation at commencement. Professor Demers concertizes widely in North America and Europe; recent engagements include the cathedrals of Cologne and Regensburg in Germany, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Royal Opera House of Muscat (Oman), Auckland Town Hall (New Zealand), Melbourne Town Hall (Australia), as well as major universities and concert halls in the United States, among them Davies Hall (San Francisco), Disney Hall (Los Angeles), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), the Wanamaker Organ (Philadelphia), Yale University, and the Eastman School of Music. She has recorded four CDs for the labels Pro Organo and Acis, with three more projects currently in production.
Faythe Freese, Professor of Organ at the University of Alabama School of Music, is in demand as a recitalist throughout the United States, Germany, Denmark, South Korea and Singapore. Dr. Freese is the first American woman to have recorded at L’Eglise de la Sainte-Trinité, Paris on the landmark instrument where Guilmant, Messiaen and Hakim were titular organists. Her fourth compact disc entitled, Faythe Freese à l’Orgue de l’Eglise de la Sainte Trinité, has received critical acclaim in The Diapason, The American Organist and Tracker Magazine. Her fifth compact disc, recorded at Magdeburg Cathedral, Germany, entitled The Freese Collection is Dr. Freese’s most recent release. The solo organ work entitled, The Freese Collection, a work by Dr. Pamela Decker, was commissioned and premiered by Dr. Freese in January 2013. Dr. Freese has also commissioned the following new works for solo organ: Passacaglia on BACH by Pamela Decker, To Call My True Love to My Dance by Naji Hakim, and Out of Egypt by John Baboukis.
She was a featured lecturer at the 2014 American Guild of Organists National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts; and was a featured lecturer and concert artist at the 2010 American Guild of Organists National Convention in Washington, D.C.; the 2011 American Guild of Organists Region IV Convention in Greensboro, NC; the 2001 American Guild of Organists Region VII Convention in San Antonio, TX.; and the 2011 Association of Lutheran Church Musicians Biennial Convention. Dr. Freese’s performances have been hailed as “powerful …masterful… impressive … brilliant.” Dr. Freese was also faculty and featured performer at the 2011 Boston Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced (POEA), the 2011 Birmingham POE, the 2012 Gainsville POE and the 2004 Atlanta POE.
Dr. Freese holds degrees in organ performance and church music from Indiana University. She has held faculty positions at Indiana University, Concordia University in Austin, University of North Dakota-Williston, and Andrew College. As a Fulbright scholar and an Indiana University/Kiel Ausstausch Programme participant, she studied the works of Jean Langlais with the composer in France, and the works of Max Reger with Heinz Wunderlich in Germany. Her organ teachers have included Marilyn Keiser, Robert Rayfield, William Eifrig and Phillip Gehring. She has coached with Dame Gillian Weir, Simon Preston, and Daniel Roth.
In addition to serving on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music as Assistant Professor of Organ, Nathan Laube’s extensive recital career includes major venues spanning four continents. These include the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin Cathedral, the Dortmund Konzerthaus, the Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, and the Sejong Center, Seoul. In the United States, he has appeared at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles; Verizon Hall, Philadelphia; Overture Hall, Madison; The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville; Washington National Cathedral; The Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall in Kansas City; and Spivey Hall in Morrow, Georgia. Nathan also frequently presents concert tours in the United Kingdom, where highlight venues have included York Minster, Canterbury Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, Hereford Cathedral, and Truro Cathedral. In October 2016, he played the first inaugural recital of the restored Harrison & Harrison organ of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. His concert schedule for 2017 will include performances at the Meyerson Concert Hall in Dallas, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. He will additionally perform several concerts as “Organist in Residence” on the famous Müller organ of 1738 in the St. Bavo Church of Haarlem.
Highlights of Laube’s recent and upcoming festival appearances around the world include the Berlin Orgelsommer, the Stuttgart Internationaler Orgelsommer, the Naumburg Orgelsommer, the 300th Anniversary Festival of the 1714 Silbermann organ in the Freiberg Cathedral, the Dresden Music Festival, the Orléans Organ Festival, Bordeaux Festival d’Été, the Lapua Festival (Finland), the Lahti Organ Festival (Finland), the 2015 and 2016 Smarano Organ Academy (Italy), the Göteborg Festival (Sweden), the Max Reger Foundation of America’s 2015 Max Reger Festival, the WFMT Bach Project, for which he performed the complete Clavierübung III in Chicago, and several EROI Festivals at the Eastman School of Music.
Performances for conventions and conferences are frequent, and Laube will be a featured performer at the 2017 National Convention of the Organ Historical Society in the Twin Cities. He was featured at the Society’s conventions in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016, and at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists in 2010 (Washington, DC), and in 2012 (Nashville, TN). He will perform for three regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists in 2017: in Dallas, TX, Montreal, PQ, and Youngstown, OH.
Laube has two CD recordings available: the Stephen Paulus Grand Concerto on the Naxos label (NAXOS 8.559740) recorded with the Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero, conducting, which received a Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium; and a new solo recital recording on the Ambiente label (ACD-1062), recorded at the Stadtkirche in Nagold, Germany. In addition, many of Laube’s live performances have been featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams.
Dr. Shelly Moorman-Stahlman is Professor of Music at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, where she teaches organ, piano, class piano, and church music courses. Her students have received top honors in numerous competitions. Dr. Moorman-Stahlman holds degrees of Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Iowa. She has studied piano with Ruth Slenczynska, Santiago Rodriguez and John McIntyre and organ with Delbert Disselhorst, Delores Bruch, John Ditto, and Harald Vogel.
A frequent recitalist as both a pianist and organist throughout the Midwest and East Coast, she has garnered an impressive array of competition credits which include Semi-Finalist at the St. Albans International Organ Competition in England, Audience Prize at Spivey International Competition, Finalist in the Arthur Poister Competition, Second Prize in the MTNA National Wurlitzer Competition and Finalist, Region VI AGO Competition. She has been a featured artist at major venues in Washington D.C., New York City and across the Midwest receiving outstanding reviews such as “knock out performance” Philadelphia Inquirer, “player of technical command” Kansas City Star and “transcendent musical experience” pip-org-l. She has also given many workshops and masterclasses for conventions, colleges and churches. Most recently she has presented organ recitals at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, University of Arizona, Tucson, RLDS Temple in Kansas City, Christ the King Cathedral in Atlanta, and for the Region III AGO Convention. Her recent piano performances include a performance of the Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Hershey Orchestra, the Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Central Pennsylvania Orchestra, the Beethoven Concerto No. 1 with the Pine Street Chamber Orchestra in Harrisburg, and numerous solo piano recitals throughout the region and in the midwest.
After visiting Brazil in January 2014, Moorman-Stahlman became fascinated with the music of South America. She will be returning to Brazil in January 2015 during her sabbatical to perform organ and piano recitals and to lead Pipe Organ Encounters throughout the region to promote the arts. She will also be performing in Paraguay and Argentina.
Bruce Neswick is the Canon for Cathedral Music at Trinity Cathedral, having come from Indiana University, where he was Associate Professor of Organ. Prior to joining the faculty at IU, Mr. Neswick was the Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York City, where he conducted the Choir of Girls, Boys and Adults and had oversight of the musical life of that historic church. Active in the field of church music, Mr. Neswick holds Fellowship degrees from the American Guild of Organists and the Royal School of Church Music. He has conducted dozens of summer camps and festivals for boy and girl choristers and has been commissioned to compose for performers and churches throughout North America.
Mr. Neswick’s skill at improvisation garnered him three first prizes from the 1989 San Anselmo Organ Festival; the 1990 American Guild of Organists’ national convention in Boston; and the 1992 Rochette Concours at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and Yale University, and his organ teachers have included David Dahl, Margaret Irwin-Brandon, Gerre Hancock, Robert Baker and Lionel Rogg. As a recitalist, Mr. Neswick has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe and has been a frequent performer at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists. In 1994, he played the opening convocation for the national AGO convention held in Dallas, Texas, and he was a featured artist at national AGO conventions in Seattle (2000), Washington, DC (2010) and Boston (2014). He is represented by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists.
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Frederick Teardo is Director of Music and Organist at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to his appointment in 2012, he held a six-year tenure at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City, where he served for most of that time as Associate Organist, preceded by his initial post as Assistant Organist. He is also Adjunct Instructor of Organ at the University of Montevallo.
Dr. Teardo received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, as well as the Master of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees. At Yale, he studied organ with Thomas Murray and harpsichord with Richard Rephann. During his time at Yale, he held the post of Yale University Chapel Organist, and later served as Assistant Organist at Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green in New Haven, CT. Dr. Teardo received his Bachelor of Music degree with Highest Honors from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he studied organ with David Higgs. His other teachers have included Stephen Roberts and Haskell Thomson. He has also studied improvisation with William Porter and Jeffrey Brillhart.
An avid performer, Dr. Teardo has won first prize in numerous competitions and has performed across North America, including such venues as the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Washington National Cathedral, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Trinity Church Copley Square in Boston, Princeton University Chapel, and the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Teardo’s solo recording is available from JAV Recordings, and features works of Bach, Boyvin and De Grigny on the historic 1741 J.A. Silbermann organ of Saint Thomas Church in Strasbourg, France. He has also been a featured performer at Regional and National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists and Organ Historical Society, on American Public Media’s Pipedreams, BBC Radio 3 and four CD recordings with the Saint Thomas Choir.