Wednesday, June 28, 2017
2:00-2:50 p.m.
River Road Church, Baptist

Choose one of two workshops:

Organ Works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Much More Than “Now Thank We All Our God”

Stefan Engels

This workshop is sponsored by Nancy K. Scoggins in memory of Robert B. Scoggins, Sr., M.D.

Karg-Elert’s vast repertory for the organ (available on 16 CDs recorded by Stefan Engels) includes just about anything an organist could hope for: short and easy pieces for worship services, pieces in contrasting styles with great variety in length and difficulty, and complex symphonic pieces for use in recital. Stefan will focus on selected pieces from these various categories and will discuss aspects of performance practice and Karg-Elert’s unique and detailed registration indications.

Stefan Engels was appointed Professor of Organ and Leah Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in 2014, where he is also head of the Organ Department at the Meadows School of the Arts. The position is the first Endowed Centennial Chair in Meadows. Engels joined SMU from one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious musical institutions, the University of Music and Performing Arts “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany, where he had served as professor of organ from 2005 until 2015. Prior to that he was Associate Professor of Organ and Chair of the Organ Department at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey (1999-2005).

Stefan Engels has recorded two highly acclaimed CDs with works by Marcel Dupré on the Naxos label, and one with works of Karg-Elert, Reger, Messiaen and Germani on the Priory label as part of their Great European Organ Series. His specialization in the organ works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert has resulted in the world premiere recording of the complete organ works of Karg-Elert, also on the Priory label.

This recording project will come to its completion in 2017 with 16 CDs, which have been reviewed to the highest international critical acclaim: “…this series will surely stand as the greatest project the gramophone has achieved in organ music for very many years… 10 fantastic volumes of some of the most creative and complex organ music ever written has been released by Priory in this ground breaking series of Karg-Elert’s complete organ works – much of it unrecorded… Engels has the measure of both music and instrument – there is much to marvel at here…. Engels is a player of exceptional talent and in his hands Karg-Elert receives as sympathetic an advocacy as one could ever imagine… Stefan Engels’ performance is superlative… Engels delivers interpretations that may never be bettered … A magnificent disc.”

Stefan Engels received his broad musical education in Germany and the United States. He studied organ, piano, harpsichord, choral conducting and church music at the Universities in Aachen, Düsseldorf and Cologne. From 1993 until 1998 he pursued further organ studies with Wolfgang Rübsam in Chicago and the late Robert Anderson in Dallas, receiving an Artist Certificate degree from Southern Methodist University Meadows in 1995. He achieved his international breakthrough when he was awarded the “Concerto Gold Medal” at the 1998 Calgary International Organ Competition. Since then, he has been represented by Karen McFarlane Artists Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio.


Accompanying Non-Traditional Church Music on the Organ

Douglas Brown

This workshop is sponsored by David M. Storey, Inc. Pipe Organ Builders

How versatile is the organ? As the music in many of our churches becomes more diverse, how can we ensure the organ a place in this changing musical landscape? Doug will explore effective organ accompaniment of music from Africa, Latin America, and Asia, as well as folk and popular music from the United States.


Douglas Brown is director of music at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond and serves as an adjunct instructor of music at Union Presbyterian Seminary. He is a graduate of Duke and Yale Universities.

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