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Music in Memorial Church

The following events are presented by the Office for Religious Life.   

Organ Recital - Annette Richards and David Yearsley
Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 pm
No tickets required. $10 suggested donation.

Husband and wife organists David Yearsley and Annette Richards from Cornell University present a recital of music by Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons.

Annette Richards was educated at Oxford University and Stanford University, where she received her Ph.D. in music history. She enjoys an active career as performer, scholar, and teacher. Laureate of international organ competitions at Dublin and Bruges, she gives concerts frequently in North America and Europe. She has recorded the Complete Works of Melchior Schildt (on the Loft label) played on the historic organ at Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark; and music from the library of Princess Anna Amalia of Prussia, on the new Schnitger-style organ at Cornell (also on Loft).

David Yearsley was educated at Harvard College and Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. in music history. He is author of the widely-praised Bach and the Meanings of Counterpoint (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Bach’s Feet (Cambridge, 2012), and Sex, Death and Minuets: Anna Magdalena Bach and Her Musical Notebooks (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Among his honors as an organist are all major prizes at the Bruges Early Music Festival. He has been an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow at the Humboldt University in Berlin, a Wenner-Gren Foundation Fellow at the University of Gothenburg, and recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.


Pavel Kohout

Organ Recital - Pavel Kohout
Wednesday, May 8, 7:30 pm
No tickets required. $10 suggested donation.

The Czech concert organist Pavel Kohout gained world recognition as a brilliant organ virtuoso for his exceptional sense of music, enormous technique and natural interpretation. Already in the age of 24, he became First Prize, Gold Medal and J. S. Bach Prize Winner at prestigious Int. Organ Competition in Musashino-Tokyo, one of the world´ s largest international music competitions, opening him all kind of concert venues, famous concert halls, universities, cathedrals, churches world-wide and is regarded today as one of the finest European concert recitalists. He won additional First Prizes at international competitions in Ljubljana 1995 and 1998, Vilnius 1999 and several other major prizes and diplomas at international organ competitions in Prague, Poznan, Kaliningrad, Brugges and Lübeck, including the "Dancing Angel" Prize awarded from the European Union of Music Competitions.

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Commence Organ Recital - Robert Huw Morgan
Friday, June 14, 7:30 pm
No tickets required. $10 suggested donation.

Dr. Robert Huw Morgan will perform his annual Commencement organ recital

Dr. Robert Huw Morgan is the University Organist at Stanford University, a position he has held since 1999. A native of Wales, he received his BA and MA from Cambridge University and in 1989 became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Between 1985 and 1988, he was an Organ Scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, where his duties included playing the organ for the daily services in the College Chapel, and assisting in the direction of the celebrated choir of boys and men. During that time, he studied organ repertoire with the great British virtuoso, Nicholas Kynaston, and improvisation with Nigel Allcoat.

In July 1999, he was awarded two doctorates in Organ Performance and Orchestral Conducting from the University of Washington in Seattle, where his teachers were Professors Carole Terry (organ) and Peter Eros (conducting). From 1994 to 1996, he was staff piano accompanist at the University of Washington School of Music and thereafter, for three years, was Assistant Conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and Opera.

He performs a wide repertoire of organ music, from the earliest sources to contemporary music. In 2005, Dr. Morgan performed the complete organ works of Dieterich Buxtehude in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the landmark Fisk organ at Stanford University. In the academic year 2010-2011 he performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, a series of fourteen concerts celebrating the twenty-fifth birthday of the Fisk organ.

As both an accompanist and soloist, he has toured in Europe, America, and Australia and has recorded performances for BBC Television and Radio, as well as television and radio stations in the U.S., Australia, and Canada.

In addition to his duties as University Organist, he also holds the positions of Lecturer in Organ, Director of the Stanford University Singers, and Director of the Memorial Church Choir.


Music Department Concerts

Concerts sponsored by the Music Department at Memorial Church and other venues on campus may be found on the Music @ Stanford Events Calendar