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A LETTER FROM OUR STUDENTS

In recent years, Boston Organ Studio has grown to become the largest and most vibrant private organ studio in the United States. Our community of committed young organists draws from across the city’s academic institutions to celebrate our shared love of the organ and its music whilst cultivating the art of organ performance.
While Boston’s instruments are an incredible resource from which to learn, no single instrument collection can possibly inform the entire spectrum of our repertoire—the broadest in scope, yet most instrument-specific of any common instrument.
 David von Behren, Karen Christianson, Laura Gullett, and Joey Fala at the Church of the Madeleine, in Paris, in 2014. 

David von Behren, Karen Christianson, Laura Gullett, and Joey Fala at the Church of the Madeleine, in Paris, in 2014. 

In the summers of 2014, 2016 and 2017, our student organists embarked on journeys to Germany, France, and the Netherlands. As our dear friend Joey Fala said after the trip in 2014, “there’s something profound, perhaps even spiritual, about physically tracing the footsteps of musical legends that internally solidifies their significance and relevance to us. We can listen to recordings, study scores, and read books, but it’s not until you are hearing 16th century pipes, sitting in Duruflé’s living room, or sliding onto Widor’s bench that suddenly everything becomes so real—the organs, the composers, their lives. It all really does exist.”
 With titular organist Olivier Latry in the gallery of Notre-Dame de Paris, 2017.

With titular organist Olivier Latry in the gallery of Notre-Dame de Paris, 2017.

Following in the footsteps of these trips, this June we embark on a two-week journey to Northern Europe to continue the process of learning what can’t be learned here in the United States. Our whirlwind journey will begin in Amsterdam, where will make a visit the Orgelpark, a unique-in-the-world performance and research venue (currently home to four major pipe organs under one roof). 
 Khristian Erich Bauer-Rowe performing in master class for Jacques van Oortmerssen, in Amsterdam, in 2014. 

Khristian Erich Bauer-Rowe performing in master class for Jacques van Oortmerssen, in Amsterdam, in 2014. 

Along the way, we will hear and play some of the great organs of Europe, including the famous 1692 Schnitger organ in Groningen and the 1610 Compenius organ in Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark.  We will learn from masters in our field, including Erwin Wiersinga, Hans Davidsson, and Bine Bryndorf. We will play works of Dietrich Buxtehude in the very church, St. Mariae in Helsingør, that cultivated his development as a young musician. We will grow in knowledge and in community.
This trip will change the ways we hear and perform music. It is an opportunity we couldn’t be more excited about, and we know we will remember it for years to come.
Of course, this experience also comes with considerable costs to each of us participating. Please consider supporting us in this endeavor. Any amount, whether small or large, will help us to realize this trip’s full potential as we grow as musicians, scholars, and colleagues.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to sharing our experiences with you in the months to come!

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING THIS EXPERIENCE AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LEVELS: 

 

 

UNDERWRITER Gifts of $1,000 or more—                 

— a gift of this size will support airfare costs for one student

 

SUSTAINER Gifts of $750 or more—

— a gift of this size will support housing costs for one student

 

PATRON Gifts of $500 or more—

 — a gift of this size will fund one day’s honorarium for a master teacher               

 

SUPPORTER Gifts of $250 or more—

— a gift of this size will fund building-use fees at one church

 

FRIEND Gifts of $100 or more—

— a gift of this size will fund one hour’s honorarium for a master teacher

 Leipzig, Germany, in 2016.

Leipzig, Germany, in 2016.


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