Music Series


Christ Church Lutheran to unveil new organ, custom built for this National Historic Landmark

Dedicatory Recital

7:00pm / Sunday, September 30, 2018

Martin Jean
Professor of Organ & Director of the Institute of Sacred Music
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Followed by Reception

Martin Jean is within the highest ranks of the world's concert organists and is recognized widely as a brilliant, warmly communicative artist whose playing exhibits “visceral intensity, expressive eloquence, and exquisite elegance” (The Kansas City Star). He is known for his wide reportorial interests, which are fed by the variety of performance instruments at Yale and the numerous European and Asian study tours upon which he embarks with the Yale Organ Department.

Martin Jean was awarded first prize at the international Grand Prix de Chartres competition, held bi-annually at the Chartres Cathedral, France and invited for concert tours of France, England, and Luxembourg. He also appeared in concert at Radio France. Jean was a featured performer at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists and a presenter at the AGO national convention. He won first prize at the National Young Artists' Competition in Organ Performance, held by the American Guild of Organists. He has played hundreds of recitals, and as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

He holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan where he studied with Robert Glasgow. Additional coaching has been with David Craighead, Russell Saunders and Harald Vogel.

Inaugural Recital

2:00pm / Sunday, May 20, 2018

Gregory Peterson
Professor of Music & College Organist
Luther College, Decorah, IA
Followed by Reception

Gregory Peterson is a respected leader in the field of church music and Professor of Music and College Organist at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. He is a an internationally acclaimed recitalist, having performed in important venues around the United States and Europe. Gregory Peterson earned the B.A. degree in music at Luther College and holds the M.M. degree from Yale University in the Institute of Sacred Music. He holds the D.M.A. degree in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. He undertook additional study at the Summer Institute for French Organ Study and at the Gothenburg International Organ Academy in Sweden.

Blessing of the Christ Church Organ
at the beginning of worship

9:30 am / Sunday April 22, 2018

Hear the first notes!
Reception follows worship
11:15 am Open House at the organ