The Ortloff Organ Company Opus 2 was installed at St. Dunstan’s Church in 2021.
Sunday, March 26, 2023 3:00 PM
Rebekah Gilmore, Soprano, and Michael Kleinschmidt, Organ
In a diverse program including music by Hildegard, Bach, Alain, Vaughan Williams, and Price, Rebekah and Michael will celebrate Saint Dunstan’s refreshed acoustical environment and the new Ortloff organ’s versatility as both a solo instrument and companion to the human voice. Rebekah and Michael are regular collaborators and colleagues at St. Mark’s Cathedral, where Rebekah serves as Associate Musician & Choir School Director, and Interim of Youth Ministry, and where Michael serves as Canon for Cathedral Music.
Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 3:00
Una Hwang, Organ
Una Hwang is an organist, pianist, teacher and church musician based in Tacoma, and has performed on both instruments as a solo and collaborative musician. She is the organist and pianist for Mount Cross Lutheran Church in University Place, and has been organist at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Seattle, playing their two-manual Fritts organ, and First Lutheran Church in Tacoma. She began organ study with Dale Krider in Maryland, and has learned from many in the Seattle/Tacoma area, especially Mel Butler, David Dahl, and Dana Robinson. Wha-Kyung Byun at New England Conservatory of Music was her most influential piano teacher. Una also has a background in the astrophysical sciences and previously worked as a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland before moving to Washington state in 2012, when she began her professional life in music. She lives in Tacoma where she maintains a private piano studio.
Videos of previous concerts are archived HERE.
Sunday, October 23 , 3:00 PM
Hartwig Eichberg will perform Bach’s “Aria with Divers Variations,” commonly known as the “Goldberg Variations,” in its entirety on the beautiful Kohler & Campbell piano at St. Dunstan’s. The Goldberg Variations count among the few works which Bach had published himself, a sign he valued them highly and wanted them to shape his legacy. Experiencing these variations is like getting to know a big family: each of the 30 members gathered has a distinct personality, yet one senses their common relation to the matriarch who sits and shines at the center. This concert will be a musical treat as Bach’s artistry and humanity unfolds before us.
Hartwig Eichberg, pianist and conductor, grew up in Hamburg, Germany, where he was a prize winner in the Steinway Piano Competition. He earned his Ph.D. degree in musicology with a dissertation on the piano works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Subsequently he worked as conductor and coach at several German opera houses and internationally. He moved to Seattle in 1992. He has served as music director at St. Dunstan’s 1994-2000 as well as at several other churches in Seattle. He performed as pianist, accompanying singers and instrumentalists in concert, in addition to teaching. For 20 years he was the director of the Jubilee Singers, a chorus devoted to the tradition of a capella singing of the African-American spirituals. Now, mostly retired, he occasionally returns to the stage to share his readings of great piano works, especially after the pandemic enabled him to add some of the most profound ones to his repertoire.
Sunday, September 18 , 3pm
Aaron David Miller (Dedication Concert)
Aaron David Miller is a renowned organ improviser and composer having won numerous international awards and given concerts across the country. Dr. Miller was recently the winner of the 2021 Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Annual Composition Competition. His orchestra works have been performed by such ensembles as the Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Zurich Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Recent composition commissions include works for Yale University, University of California Santa Barbara, The Taylor Organ Competition, and the Bach Chamber Players of St. Paul, MN. His organ, choral and orchestra compositions are published by Augsburg Fortress, Paraclete Publishing and Oxford University Press. Dr. Miller was a featured artist at the National AGO convention held in Houston, TX of 2016. Aaron is Music Director at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, MN. He is also a Forensic Musicologist for Donato Music, Scarsdale, NY.
Friday, July 8 , 11:00 AM
Janet Yieh will present a recital highlighting female composers, including Florence Price, Amy Beach, Germaine Tailleferre, and Nadia Boulanger, and others. Following the recital, the organ console will be available to anyone who would like to take it for a spin, and the organ’s builder, Jonathan Ortloff, will be available to chat and answer any questions.
Janet Yieh is Director of Music at Church of the Heavenly Rest on the Upper East Side in New York City where she oversees a vibrant music program for all ages, and plays the 138-rank Austin Organ. For seven years, she served as Associate Organist at Trinity Church Wall Street, where she founded the St. Paul’s Chapel Choir and accompanied the Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street.
An innovative concert recitalist and sacred music specialist, Janet was named one of ‘20 under 30’ promising artists by The Diapason. She has performed throughout the United States and across the globe, highlights include: New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Washington’s National Cathedral, San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, Yale University’s Woolsey Hall, Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, and Malaysia; collaboration with the Paul Winter Consort, the Washington Chorus at The Kennedy Center, NOVUS NY orchestra at Carnegie Hall; the national radio show Pipedreams, WQXR-FM and two CD recordings.
In 2020, Janet co-founded a new platform ‘Amplify Female Composers’ with Carolyn Craig, and she contributes research to an international sacred music database called “A Great Host of Women Composers.” Janet has taught for POEs and played as staff organist for RSCM America. She is an executive board member of the New York City American Guild of Organists, and a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians. Janet holds double Masters degrees in Organ Performance from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, and a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School. While at Yale, she was appointed Organ Scholar at Christ Church, New Haven and Trinity Church on the Green, and directed music for Berkeley Divinity School. A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Janet’s former teachers include Thomas Murray, Paul Jacobs, John Walker, Wayne Earnest and Victoria Shields. www.janetyieh.com
Sunday, May 22, 3pm
Susanna Valleau, Music Director of St. Dunstan’s Church, will present an hour of music that explores the new Ortloff Organ’s many colors and expressions. The varied program features music by Women and African American composers – composers whose voices have been traditionally overlooked in the classical music canon. Come immerse yourself in a serene and welcoming setting, where you can feel the organ’s vibrations through your body as you look through the windows to old growth evergreens. This concert is appropriate for music lovers of all ages.
Susanna Valleau began studying piano at age seven and could hardly walk past the piano without sitting down to play. Ten years later, however, the organ stole her affections when she heard Widor’s Toccata for the first time, and she went on to earn degrees in organ performance from Lawrence University (Bachelor of Music) and the University of Washington (Master of Music). She has earned top prizes in multiple nationwide organ competitions. Susanna serves as music director of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Shoreline, WA and is on faculty with the Seattle Girls’ Choir as accompanist to two of their groups. She also gives solo recitals across the country, maintains an active piano studio, and collaborates regularly as an accompanist and in chamber music settings on piano, harpsichord, and organ.
Sunday, March 27, 3pm
View or download the program HERE
Jonathan Wohlers and Naomi Shiga present an hour of organ duets — yes, four hands and four feet! — on the newly installed Ortloff pipe organ of St. Dunstan’s Church. Come immerse yourself in an hour of music in a serene and welcoming setting, where you can feel the organ’s vibrations through your body as you look through the windows to old growth Evergreens. This concert is appropriate for music lovers of all ages. Masks will be required for everyone in attendance.
Naomi Shiga is a frequent performer of organ recitals, most recently playing in Switzerland at the historic Bellelay Abbey and the Church of the Holy Spirit, Bern. She has served on the faculty of North Harris College where she taught music theory and class piano, has worked at a number of churches across the country, including St. John the Evangelist, Boston, the Old West Church, Boston, and First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Houston. In addition to performing and teaching, she is also a translator of books on music and is active as a composer. Her most recent commission was for Hymn Accompaniments for the Hymnal of Nippon Sei Ko Kai published for the Anglican Church in Japan by the St. Paul University Institute of Sacred Music Press. Ms. Shiga began her organ studies at Ferris Women’s University, Yokohama before moving to the United States where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Organ Performance with the award of Distinguished Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She also undertook post-graduate studies in organ at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. Ms. Shiga is a former Dean of the Tacoma Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is Music Director and Organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tacoma.
Jonathan Wohlers has performed widely with concerts in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, South Korea, and Japan, most recently playing at Opera City Concert Hall in Tokyo. He is a former Dean of the Tacoma Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, is the Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church, Tacoma, and is a member of the contingent faculty at Pacific Lutheran University where he has served as Visiting University Organist. In addition, he is Artist-in-Residence on the Paul Fritts & Co. organ (opus 13) at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tacoma, playing on and helping to organize the church’s concert series and providing educational opportunities about the organ and its repertoire. Dr. Wohlers has performed with the Houston Bach Society, Ars Lyrica Houston, and the Seattle Bach Choir, and has written notes for the Boston Early Music Festival and Loft Recordings. He holds degrees with honors from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, from the New England Conservatory of Music in performance and musicology, and from Southern Adventist University, and has engaged in extensive research on fugues in the early seventeenth century. ..
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