0 Judy Congdon

Judy Congdon

Judy Congdon

Professor of Organ and Harpsichord; College Organist

An active performer, Dr. Congdon has played organ recitals in many parts of the United States, and during 1996 was featured as soloist in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic orchestra.In addition to her duties at Houghton University, she served for eight years as Organist/Choirmaster at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Olean, NY, and presently serves as organist at Houghton Wesleyan Church.

She has served as Dean and Board Member of the Allegany Chapter AGO and member of the Music Commission for the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, and currently serves on the board of the Portageville Chapel, a national retreat for organists. She served as presenter, recitalist, and service organist at the January 2006 Calvin Symposium on Worship. In recent years  Congdon has presented workshops by invitation for several AGO chapters on topics of organ pedagogy, organ repertoire, and use of the organ in contemporary worship styles.   She has served as adjudicator in numerous organ-playing competitions, both local and national.

She is featured on two CD releases recorded on Houghton’s Wesley Chapel Holtkamp organ: With Heart and Hands and Voices: Hymns and Chorales for Organ (2005), and Love So Amazing: Organ Hymns for the Church Year.  Two CD recordings on the James Louder organ (Opus VIII, 2008) at Houghton Wesleyan Church also feature Dr. Congdon:  Jesus Priceless Treasure is a recording (2009) of her all-Bach recital presented during the inaugural series for the organ, and In Sweet Rejoicing  (2013) features a bouquet of organ works for the Christmas season. All CDs are available through the Houghton Campus Store.


  • M.A., D.M.A., Eastman School of Music (1990)
  • D.W.S., Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (2013)
  • Diploma, Hochschule fűr Musik, Frankfurt/Main, Germany (1979)
  • M.Mus., University of Colorado (1977)
  • B.Mus., Wheaton College (1975)

Honors and Awards

  • Presser Scholarship at Wheaton College, 1975
  • Fulbright Grant for Organ Study in Germany, 1977-78
  • Eastman School of Music Graduate Assistant Teaching Excellence Award, 1990

Courses & Ensembles Taught

  • Organ
  • Harpsichord

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