Originally from Russia, Katya Barash holds a Master's degree in piano pedagogy from the Pedagogical University of Moscow. She subsequently moved to Germany, where she studied musicology at Freiburg University. Here in Boston, she teaches piano and singing and is active as a choral accompanist and substitute organist.
Dennis Chan's love affair with music began at the tender age of six when he began taking piano lessons. Before long he was appointed pianist of his church in Hong Kong, where he continued until the age of 18.
He began learning the pipe organ in 2003 under the instruction of Ronald Ebrecht, while pursuing a Physics degree at Wesleyan University. As a student of Ronald's, he performed concerts in Connecticut, Colorado, and Guadalajara, Mexico.
After a few years of venturing into jazz vibraphone, Dennis moved to Boston in 2012, where he began studying organ music again under Christian. Under Christian's guidance he has performed concerts in venues including Old West Church, Trinity Church, and Harvard University. In addition, from 2013-2016, he also held a position as organist at the Armenian Memorial Church in Watertown, MA.
Not content to just *play* the organ, Dennis also recently built his own - an electronic organ using an Arduino board, scavenged parts, and his software engineering skills. Always looking to help others pursue the craft, he would be happy to help interested individuals build their own affordable practice organs.
In his spare time, Dennis plays and designs board games, and spends time with his partner and two cats.
Noel de Sa e Silva began his organ studies with Christian Lane in 2013. Originally from Seattle, he graduated from Harvard University in 2016 with an A.B. in Visual and Environmental Studies. As an undergraduate he served as vice president of the Harvard Organ Society. Noel currently lives in Cambridge.
Corey De Tar is the one of the newer students of the Boston Organ Studio. He is a recent transplant from Arizona where he was a music educator, teaching children from kindergarten through high school, as well as adult learners. Primarily a trained classical singer, Corey has been a piano enthusiast since he was a child, though he never studied formally. He has served as a tenor soloist and section leader for a number of churches over the years, making music with many fine pipe organs, though never really appreciated them before becoming an organ student.
Corey has sung with many professional choirs, several of which are Grammy Award winning ensembles—such as the Phoenix Chorale and True Concord. Corey aspires to pursue a choral conducting career as an educator, artist, and church musician. He is very thrilled to be learning all of the nuance and finesse of organ playing so that he may someday run his own church music program as an organist and choir director.
Emerson Fang has been a research assistant at Harvard University since 2014. Emerson began pipe organ lessons with Christian Lane in May of 2016, and is excited to learn about the art, history, and architecture of "the king of instruments." He grew up in the Hudson River Valley region of New York, where he studied violin under Betty-Jean Hagen and piano under Sylvia Buccelli. He has a Master of Science Education from Syracuse University, and graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences in 2010. In his earlier years, Emerson was involved in chamber music ensembles as a violinist, was part of his high school's full orchestra and pit orchestra, attended the New York School of Orchestral Studies summer camp and a local youth orchestra called Stringendo, and was also a member of the New York Youth Symphony. During college, he was a member of the university orchestras at Boston University and Cornell University. In his free time, Emerson enjoys practicing pipe organ and piano, playing strategy board games and video games, eating, and taking walks outside.
Jerome Fung began studying the organ with Christian Lane while completing a PhD in experimental soft condensed matter physics at Harvard University. Under Chris’s guidance, Jerome earned the Service Playing Certificate of the American Guild of Organists in 2014. Currently, Jerome is a Lecturer in Physics at Wellesley College. He occasionally acts as a substitute organist at churches in the greater Boston area.
Laura Gullett is a graduate of Harvard University with a B.A. magna cum laude in Chemistry and Physics. After studying piano throughout her childhood, Laura began her organ studies with Colin Lynch and Nicholas White at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, where she served as organ scholar from 2009-2012. During her four years at Harvard, she studied with Christian Lane and served as president of the Harvard Organ Society. Laura currently works as a healthcare consultant with the Boston-based firm Health Advances. In her free time, she enjoys studying German and traveling.
Born in Reading in the United Kingdom, Christian Haigh was first introduced to the organ during his time as a boy chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Christian continued his studies as a Music, HSBC, and Choral Scholar at Tonbridge School.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, Christian spent a gap year, first for a term as Organ Scholar at Saint Thomas' Church Fifth Avenue, in New York City (with John Scott), and after that for a term as Organ Scholar of St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, Australia.
During his time in Australia, Christian performed alongside groups such as the Australian Boys' Choir and The Vocal Consort, and has made two recordings for the Organ Historical Trust of Australia. He performed several recitals in both Melbourne and Sydney, including venues such as St Paul's Cathedral (Melbourne), St Michael's Uniting Church (Melbourne), and St Andrew's (Sydney). His trip also included a performance of selections from Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna with Morgan State University Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Choir at 24 hours' notice.
Christian has played various recitals in England, including recitals at Winchester and Coventry Cathedral, St Mary's Church (Streatley), Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin, St Mary's Butts (Reading), and The Guild Church of St Lawrence Jewry (London). He also performed a recital including the Suite by Maurice Duruflé at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue (New York) and gave a performance in South Africa while on a school exchange there. Last summer Christian performed at the Royal Albert Hall in Nottingham.
Besides playing the organ, Christian played clarinet in his school's symphony orchestra, sang in the chapel choir, and accompanied three musicals. Last winter break, he performed in the Bach Institute for Emmanuel Music. Christian is currently an undergraduate at Harvard University studying economics.
Jennifer Hsiao was recently appointed as Organist at Old West Church in Boston, MA, where she plays at weekly services. She began her organ studies with Eric Plutz at Princeton University and continued them at the Yale School of Music with Chelsea Chen. She has continued her studies at Harvard with Christian Lane. She has played in recitals in the Boston area and has performed as a guest organist with the Bay Colony Brass.
Jennifer is also a pianist and violinist. She has won numerous competitions and has performed concerti as both a piano and violin soloist with numerous orchestras including the Princeton University Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Youth Symphony, and Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. As a pianist she has studied with Margreet Francis, Jennifer Tao, Abbey Simon, and Peter Frankl. She began her violin studies with Teri Einfeldt, continuing with Brian Lewis and Dorothy DeLay. As an undergraduate at Princeton, she was the first violinist of the Princeton University String Quartet and concertmaster of the Princeton University Orchestra; there she studied with Anna Lim, Stephen Clapp at the Juilliard School, and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet. At the Yale School of Music, she studied with Ani Kavafian.
Jennifer holds an A.B. in Chemistry and certificates in Latin and Music Performance from Princeton University and a Masters of Music Performance (violin) from the Yale School of Muisc. She is now a PhD student in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard University, where she also serves as concertmaster of the Dudley Orchestra and Resident Tutor in biology and music at Dunster House.
Heather Kirkconnell is an organist, choir director and keyboard instructor based in Newton, just outside of Boston. She is the Music Director at Grace Episcopal Church in Newton, MA. Heather went to school at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio where she was an Organ Performance and French major. Enamored with the literature, art and music of 17th century France, she studied organ at the Conservatoire de Versailles in France with Jean-Baptiste Robin, completing a research and performance project funded by the Fondation des Etas-Unis in Paris.
In addition to music, Heather loves the visual arts. She is has taken a number of art and art history courses, most recently focusing on figure drawing. She is an avid knitter and enjoys designing and wearing her own clothing, knit or sewn. She enjoys calligraphy and the overlap between how handwritten music and words can open new avenues of expression and artistry. Heather lives in Waltham, MA with her husband Jacob Farnsworth and their cat Felix.
Oskar was born and raised in Poland where he want to the National Music School in Debica to play clarinet. This instrument turned out to not be Oskar's favorite. This way he kept experimenting with playing piano, accordion, saxophone, tin whistle and violin. It was in his high school, Dulwich College, London, where he first played organ. After two years of recreational organ playing he met Christian Lane and decided to bring his organ skill to the next level. After a year of organ tuition with Christian, for the first time ever, Oskar played for general public in Old West Church in Boston. Oskar is looking forward playing organ more often during his Junior and Senior year at Harvard College.
Julia Kornick hails from New Jersey. Aspiring towards the operatic stage, she is currently an undergraduate Vocal Performance major at The Boston Conservatory, where she is a member of the Sara Goldstein studio. When she isn’t engaged in musical activities, she pursues her other artistic passions of fiction and poetry writing and painting, as well as being an avid distance runner.
Ryan Lynch attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is a Boston native, and is currently beginning his 4th year as Director of Music & Organist at Saint Raphael Parish (RC) in Medford, Massachusetts. In addition to Parish work, Ryan can be seen and heard on the CatholicTV Network providing Music for Daily and Sunday nationally televised Masses. Ryan has studied Organ privately with Leo Abbott, Diane Belcher, Matthew Sprinkle, and now Christian Lane. When not engaging in musical activities he enjoys traveling, and attending concerts and local sporting events.
Kade Phillips currently studies Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Born and raised near Louisville, Kentucky, his interest in the organ began at age 11 when he undertook a personal study of organ building. Only a year later, his family moved to a small town in eastern Oregon—an area utterly devoid of pipe organs. However, his church had a digital one, and through periodic lessons in western Idaho he slowly learned to play. All the while, he continued to read books and search the depths of the internet about building the king of instruments. After accepting an offer of admission to MIT, Kade wrote an email to the Harvard Organ Society asking how he might be involved, and to his delight discovered that he could be a member. It was through the organ society that he met Chris Lane, with whom he has studied ever since. He marvels at the experiences he has had since moving to Cambridge, such as travelling to see the instruments of New York, visiting Woolsey Hall in Yale, and spending two incredible weeks in Germany, not to mention routinely hearing and playing the fabulous instruments of the Boston area. Besides the organ and engineering, Kade enjoys typography, linguistics, design, and just about everything under the sun. Although he has no idea what he wants to do with his life yet, one thing is certain. He swore to himself that, one day, he is going to build a pipe organ.
Brandon Santini, organist and pianist, is a native of Weymouth, MA. Piano study started early at 6 years old followed by the addition of organ lessons at 10 years old. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in both organ and piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with James David Christie and Peter Takács and subsequently received his Master of Music degree in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music under the guidance of David Higgs. He has performed throughout Massachusetts and serves as the Music Director and Organist for St. Theresa of Avila Parish in West Roxbury, MA as well as maintaining a piano studio of about 20 students. Currently he studies with Christian Lane.
In his down time, Brandon's hobbies include reading, traveling, cooking and photography, and he is an avid Boston sports fan.
Helen is a junior at Tufts University, from Canton, Ohio. She studies Art History and Cognitive and Brain Sciences and has studied music since she was seven.
She found music through dance and is a huge fan of Tchaikovsky. Her favorite time signature is ¾. Along with organ, she plays piano, and live music in general is very important to her and her well-being. She likes going to music festivals with her mom, especially!
Helen is also dedicated to the arts/crafts community at Tufts, where she managed the Crafts Center this past year. Art and cooperative living are her favorite! She prefers cats to dogs, and rosemary and ginger are her favorite spices, which she uses in her many baking projects. Helen so excited to have been a student under Christian Lane and is hoping to continue her study of pipe organ as much as possible while living in Boston!