Boston Organ Studio

Olivia Chen

Olivia Chen studies Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard University. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she grew up singing in school choirs and playing the violin and piano. At the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, she continued to study the piano with Mr. Fabio Witkowski, and had opportunities to participate in the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, compete in state competitions, and perform with the school orchestra. She also took up the organ with Mr. Al Sly in 2010, and contributed to Hotchkiss theatre as a music director. At Harvard, Olivia studied with Mr. Christian Lane and sang with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum from 2012 to 2014. Looking forward, Olivia aspires to become an urban planner and address pressing environmental and social needs in cities of the global south. Playing the piano and organ will always be her treasured pastimes.

 


Christian opened my eyes to the history and culture of organ music. He taught us about the context of composers’ lives, the make of different organs, and how this knowledge can enrich our musical decisions in playing each piece. Christian encouraged me to attend master classes and perform in student recitals, which helped me to grow more confident and serious about performance.
— Olivia Chen

 
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Danielle Craan

Originally from Chicago, Danielle Craan is a graduate of Tufts University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Chinese minor. She has played piano off and on since she was six with three piano teachers in her neighborhood. In high school, she performed with Concert Piano and competed in several Illinois Music Association piano competitions. She started studying organ with Christian her last semester of senior year and learned two pieces: Arabesque Op. 31 by Louis Vierne and Johann Pachelbel’s Toccata in E minor.  She was honored to have played at Old West church in Boston and played on the Newberry organ at Woolsey Hall. She expects to continue with the organ (eventually). Looking to the future, she hopes to work with refugee and immigrant populations and maybe go back to school. For her, playing the organ will always be a treasured memory of her last year at Tufts. 

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Toward the very end of my college career I had the opportunity to go to Yale with Chris and some of his other organ students. Let me just say hearing the history and the sounds of the organs there open my eyes to this whole other world I didn’t know existed and I never want to forget. I’d like to thank Chris for his patience and guidance. He might make an organist out of me yet.
— Danielle Craan

 
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Adam Detzner

Adam Detzner is a graduate with honors and distinction from Stanford University (B.A. in Music, 2014), where he studied organ with Dr. Robert Huw Morgan and harpsichord with Elaine Thornburgh. After graduation, he served as Organ Scholar at Trinity Church, Copley Square (Boston) during the 2014-2015 program year, as the inaugural recipient of the Association of Anglican Musicians Internship Grant. He is currently a Masters student in Organ Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, studying under David Higgs. Recent concert highlights include a performance of an organ concerto by C.P.E. Bach with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra.

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I first met Christian Lane as a senior in high school, when I auditioned for him as an applicant to Harvard College. Though I ultimately decided to attend Stanford University, Chris remained an important mentor and resource during my undergraduate years. It was he who suggested that I apply for the AAM grant to work at Trinity Church, Boston, an experience which opened my eyes to new professional standards and opportunities in church music. While in Boston, I studied privately with Chris, who helped me confront some of my bad technical habits as well as develop a “toolkit” for the interpretation of a variety of compositional traditions. He uses his knowledge, experience, and technical expertise to serve the music - and not the other way around! For these and similar insights, I am grateful to call him one of my teachers.
— Adam Detzner

 
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Joey Fala

Joey Fala is pursuing a M.M. in organ at Yale, studying with Martin Jean. A native of Hawaii, he began organ studies with Katherine Crosier at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu and later coached with Alfred Fedak and Christian Lane during his undergraduate career. Joey previously served as organist and choir director at First United Presbyterian Church in Troy NY as well as organ scholar at Central Union Church Honolulu, and is grateful to have received support from the AGO Hawaii Chapter, Eastern New York Chapter and Pogorzelski-Yankee memorial scholarships. A 2015 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B. Architecture and M.S. Lighting, he has worked as a designer with HLB Lighting in Boston, and in research at the Lighting Research Center in Troy.

 

 

After my last organ lesson as a senior in high school, I felt as if I was retiring the role of music in my life to that of a background hobby. I had always hoped to continue organ studies as a minor in college, having chosen to pursue a major other than music, but alas the school I had elected to attend was without a music program.

I crossed paths with Christian Lane the summer of my third year in college while in Boston for an internship. Despite barely knowing me, he had eagerly reached out to his colleagues to help find instruments for me to practice on during my time in the area. In our correspondence, he casually offered to give me some coaching on a piece I was learning. I showed up not expecting a three-hour lesson that turned out to be some of the most stimulating teaching I had ever recieved. I had discovered a teacher with terrifyingly perceptive ears, a level of perfectionism and a sense of enthusiasm that were what I needed to take my playing to the next level. Exploring a new depth of intentionality and vision unfamiliar to me, we unwrapped and examined my musical intuitions, asking questions that I didn’t exactly know how to answer. I had the sensation that we were working to create something together, an experience that opened my eyes to a world of possibility.

It goes without saying that I went back for more. After three months of working with Chris, I felt as if I had grown more as an artist than I had in my collective years of study. After that summer, my last two years of college included frequent weekend visits to Boston to work with Chris and meet up with his other students for events and camaraderie. The studio experience turned out to be the closest thing I had to a minor or even secondary major in music. Undoubtedly, one of the highlights we shared as a studio was our abroad trip to France and Holland which culminated my first year of studies with Chris. We played on legendary instruments in an “all-star lineup” of venues, and were privileged to attend masterclasses by some of the great European masters.

As I neared the end of my college career, the overwhelmingly transformative experience of studying with Chris lead me to consider pursuing graduate work in organ. Chris helped me to navigate the audition and scholarship application processes, in addition to providing invaluable networking and professional development help that was instrumental in situating myself within the organ community. As a current masters student in organ, working in church music and enjoying opportunities to perform, I largely credit being able to follow my passion to Chris’ generosity with his effort and time. As a teacher, coach and mentor he has been an endless source of musical influence, inspiration and encouragement every step of the way.
— Joey Fala

 
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Joseph Fort

Joseph Fort was appointed College Organist & Director of the Chapel Choir and Lecturer in Music at King’s College London in 2015. He holds a PhD from Harvard University. Fort is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, where he was the Organ Scholar of Emmanuel College, and he also studied at the Royal Academy of Music.

During his time in the US, Fort conducted several Boston-area choirs, and for four years was Resident Conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum. He is in demand as a chorus master, preparing choirs for John Eliot Gardiner and Roger Norrington, and has recorded and broadcast on UK and US radio. As an organist, recital venues include St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, and he was a guest organist for the inauguration of Harvard University’s new Fisk organ.

Fort is currently writing a book on Joseph Haydn’s minuets, and recent conference presentations include the American Musicological Society and Mozart Society of America.

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My organ lessons with Chris were very inspiring, and have had long-lasting effect. I came to him for several lessons in 2013, hoping that he would help refresh my engagement with a repertoire that I had been playing for a while. Of course, Chris went far beyond this, improving my overall technique and sharing ideas that have fundamentally informed my playing ever since. I was also struck by the warmth and care that Chris demonstrates both as a teacher and as a person in general. I hope to play to him again the next time I’m back in Boston!
— Joseph Fort

 
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Gianmarco Massameno

Gianmarco Massameno is a Connecticut native and Harvard alumnus who plays classical pipe organ recreationally. As an undergraduate, he was an active member of the arts at Harvard, joining the Organ Society and touring with the Collegium-Musicum. As a graduate student, he also toured with the Glee Club, America's oldest collegiate choir. He is currently a principal and cofounder of a manufacturing startup in Connecticut and writes on issues at the nexus of law and management.

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Adriana Pohl

Adriana Pohl studied organ with Chris while she was an undergraduate at Harvard University, where she studied Human Evolutionary Biology and sang with the Harvard University Choir and Choral Fellows.  She is currently pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science through Simmons College, and lives in the Twin Cities area, where she sings with the Minnesota Chorale and the Basilica of St. Mary Cathedral Choir and Schola Cantorum.  She has a passion for early music, but her other hobbies and interests include knitting, contra dancing, and anything and everything relating to Star Wars, Star Trek, and the Marvel Universe.


 
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Jessica Rucinski

A Boston-area native, Jessica has participated as pianist, music director, and/or coach in 20 operatic productions. These include all three Mozart-Da Ponte operas with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras as well as student and professional productions in Boston and at festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and Music Academy of the West. As a Vocal Piano Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, she was a pianist and coach for the American premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin in 2013. Also in 2013, she served as President of the Harvard Early Music Society, producing and music directing performances of Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” and Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She returned to Harvard to music direct Acis and Galatea in December of 2014. As a collaborative pianist, Jessica has played in master classes or coached with Marilyn Horne, Kiri te Kanawa, Anne Sofie von Otter, Dawn Upshaw, and Martin Katz, among others. She served as interim music director and organist at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston from 2013 until moving to Berlin in 2016. She currently works as a software engineer for Wayfair.com


Chris gave me an organ lesson in the church where I was working at the time, and was the first person who really showed me how to listen to the instrument. I had the pleasure of hearing him improvise a bit while he quizzed me on which stops he was using. Chris’s excellent musicianship goes without saying, but the thoughtfulness that also comes across in his playing is reflected in his teaching as well. He was always flexible and eager to help me work on the skills that would be most useful to me in my job and for my interests.
— Jessica Rucinski

 
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Yasmin Sachee

Yasmin is currently an undergraduate student at Harvard University and began her organ studies in the U.K. under Ann Elise Smoot. After being appointed student Organ Scholar at St Paul's Girls' School and St John's Wood Church in London, she served as assistant organist and choir director, and is very grateful for the support and coaching that she received from a young age from Simon Weale. Yasmin studies Social Studies at Harvard with a citation in Mandarin. 


When I played my first Bach Trio Sonata to Chris, I will never forget the transformation that one hour with Chris had on my playing (my pedal technique in particular). I have come out of every lesson with Chris feeling inspired and invigorated by the wonders of the organ as he always has something interesting to say about every phrase, especially those that I struggle with.
— Yasmin Sachee

 
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