A group of Houghton College organ students, along with Professor of Organ and Harpsichord, Judy Congdon, have been invited to perform a recital for the American Guild of Organists in Buffalo on Sunday, March 23 at 4:00 p.m at the St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. The event is free and open to the public.
In past years the AGO has held organ competitions; this year, however, the AGO is inviting Houghton’s organ studio to come and present a recital. Eight of the ten students currently taking organ lessons with professor Congdon will perform in the recital.
Each student “looks forward to this wonderful opportunity to perform on a powerful instrument in a resonant space,” states Cogdon.
Congdon has performed organ recitals across the United States and has been featured as soloist in Poulenc’ Organ Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic orchestra. She has served as the dean and board member of the Allegany Chapter of the AGO and presents workshops by invitation for several AGO chapters on topics of organ pedagogy and repertoire.
The AGO hosts a wide range of organists including the Memphis Chapter’s Grammy award winner Paul Jacobs. The Central Arkansas Chapter organist, Alan Morrison is a renowned musician who has performed internationally and alongside Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman.
The AGO’s mission is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. They plan to achieve this through encouraging excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, inspiring, educating, and offering certification for organists and choral conductors. Also to provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support as they nurture future generations of organists.
“Our hope is that this recital will enlarge the circle of friends of Houghton in the Buffalo area and confirm the reputation of the Greatbatch School of Music as an artistic leader in the Western New York area.” states Congdon.