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POEA Faculty Members

Visiting Faculty:

Christian Lane

Director of Music All Saints Episcopal Church, Brookline, Massachusetts

Winner of the 2011 Canadian International Organ Competition and Vice-President of the American Guild of Organists, Christian Lane is one of America’s most accomplished,respected,and versatile young organists.

Increasingly established as a pedagogue, Mr. Lane maintains a large and vibrant organ studio in Boston and has taught on several summer programs, including England’s venerable Oundle for Organists. As an accompanist, he has recorded several discs with choirs; his first solo disc was released on ATMA Classique to critical acclaim in 2012, and two discs,“Sounds of the Yard,” featuring the new instruments at Harvard University were released in 2014.

Mr. Lane has been privileged to serve within several of the United States’ most prominent parish music programs; included are the Episcopal Churches of Trinity-on-the-Green (New Haven) and Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue (New York City). From 2008 to 2014, he was Associate University Organist and Choirmaster at Harvard University; he currently serves as Director of Music at All Saints Episcopal Parish in Brookline, Massachusetts, and in similar capacity for the chaplaincy of Tufts University.

Kimberly Marshall

Goldman Professor of Organ, Arizona State University

KIMBERLY MARSHALL is known worldwide for her compelling programs and presentations of organ music. She is an accomplished teacher, having held teaching positions at Stanford University and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Winner of the St. Albans International Organ Playing Competition in 1985, Dr. Marshall has been a recitalist, workshop leader and adjudicator at 7 National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists. From 1996-2000, she served as a project leader for the Göteborg Organ Research Center (GOArt).

Acclaimed as a specialist in early music, Kimberly Marshall has performed on many of the most significant historical organs in Europe. She is also a noted authority on contemporary organ repertoire, especially the music of György Ligeti.  Her CDs and videos display the breadth of her interests, from Arnolt Schlick and 16th-century Italian composers to Chen Yi’s Dunhuang Fantasy.  Dr. Marshall currently holds the Patricia and Leonard Goldman Endowed Professorship in Organ at Arizona State University.

Bruce Neswick

Director of Music, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon

BRUCE NESWICK is the recently appointed Interim Canon for Music at Trinity Cathedral, having come from Indiana University, where he was Associate Professor of Organ.  Prior to joining the faculty at IU, Mr. Neswick was the Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York City.  Mr. Neswick holds Fellowship degrees from the American Guild of Organists and the Royal School of Church Music and is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and Yale University. Active as a recitalist, choral conductor and composer, he is represented by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists.

Carole Terry

Professor of Organ and Harpsichord, University of Washington

Carole Terry’s career has taken her to many cities and universities throughout the United States, as well as Europe and the Far East. Especially known for her performances and recordings of German Romantic music, she is also an expert on the physiology of keyboard performance. She attended Southern Methodist University, Eastman School of Music and Stanford University.

She has appeared at festivals and academies in Manila, Lübeck, Oundle, Calgary and Montreal. She has also adjudicated major competitions in Japan, Russia and the United States. In 2004 she was the first American organist to perform in the organ concert hall of Perm, in the Russian Federation.

In the United Sates she has performed in a variety of conventions for the American Guild of Organists.  In addition, she has participated as a performer and lecturer for major conferences such as the Westfield Center for Early Keyboard Studies. As Resident Organist and Curator for the Seattle Symphony, from 2000 to 2003, she inaugurated the new C.B. Fisk organ in Seattle’s acclaimed Benaroya Hall, and played many solo concerti in addition to monumental works for organ and orchestra.

Christopher Young

Christopher Young is Professor of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana.  He teaches applied organ and several graduate organ literature history courses for the organ department.

Dr. Young, a native of New England, was the winner of the 1988 National Young Artists Competition of The American Guild of Organists as well as of the 1988 Arthur Poister Competition, and was also recognized by Musical America as one of their outstanding Young Artists of 1989.  A featured artist at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, Dr. Young also performs frequently with his wife, violinist and IU faculty member Brenda Brenner.  His compact disc To Thee All Angels Cry Aloud was recorded on the Pro Organo label.

In addition to concertizing, Dr. Young has presented master classes, workshops and lectures at church music clinics, National Pedagogy Conferences, as well national and regional conventions of the AGO.  Dr. Young serves as organist of First Presbyterian Church, Bloomington.

From the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music:

Michael Unger

Assistant Professor of Organ and Harpsichord

MICHAEL UNGER is a multiple award-winning performer who appears as a soloist and chamber musician in North America, Europe and Asia. Since 2013, he is the Assistant Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is a First Prize and Audience Prize winner of the National Young Artists’ Competition of the American Guild of Organists (NYACOP), a First Prize winner of the International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo, and a Second Prize and Audience Award winner of the International Schnitger Organ Competition on the historic organs of Alkmaar, the Netherlands. Recent solo recitals include performances for the national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and Historical Keyboard Society of North America, Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg – Musica Sacra, Suhler Orgelsommer, and numerous international and regional recital series. Recent harpsichord collaborations include Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Catacoustic Consort, Publick Musick and New York State Baroque, with repertoire including Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos and sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord. He received favorable international reviews for his debut solo recordings under the Naxos and Pro Organo labels, and his performances have been broadcast on North American and European radio, including syndicated programs Pipedreams and With Heart and Voice. He is a guest faculty at the 2015 and 2016 Smarano International Academies in Trentino, Italy.

John Deaver

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organ

Director of Music, Trinity Episcopal Church, Covington, KY

In recent years at CCM, John Deaver has taught the two-year Organ Repertoire course and Organ History and Design. Other courses he has taught since 2007 are Keyboard Harmony for Organists and Liturgical Organ Playing.  He has served Trinity Episcopal Church in Covington, Kentucky as Director of Music and Organist since September 1980 and the Convent of the Transfiguration (Episcopal) in Cincinnati, Ohio since October 1981.  At Trinity he founded and is a frequent performer on the monthly luncheon concert series A Midday Musical Menu.  He is active in the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, which he has served as Dean, and the Association of Anglican Musicians, which he has served as Secretary, Publicist, and Secretary of the Anglican Musicians Foundation.

Roberta Gary

Professor Emerita of Organ

Gary studied piano with Olga Conus and organ with Wayne Fisher, David Craighead, Arthur Poister, Bernard Lagace, William Porter, Harald Vogel and Edward Parmentier. Her solo recitals and workshops have been given in Dallas, Atlanta, New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Pittsburgh and Montreal. She taught at the Choate Organ-Harpsichord Seminars in Wallingford, Connecticut from 1973-80. In 1966, 1976 and 1990 she was a recitalist at the National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists. She taught Bach Week at Columbia College, SC (1987-1996); Scranton Summer Organ Week (1981-83); and at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio (1965-67). She has given lectures and master classes on Bach, 19th century romantic literature, early performance practice, movement and ease based on the Alexander Technique and organ pedagogy. In 2001, she recorded Reubke and Liszt on the Arsis label. She is a certified Andover Educator.

David Mulbury

Professor Emeritus of Organ

David Mulbury has been heard as a recitalist throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, receiving acclaim for his virtuosity, his talent for registration, and particularly for his outstanding Bach performances. His keen interest in and study of historic organs in Europe, as well as his study under many renowned teachers both in Germany and America, including the eminent Bach interpreted Helmut Walcha, David Craighead and Edward Rechlin, has prepared him as an artist-scholar of the organ whose performances have been described as “artistic revelations”.

After being named winner of the national Young Artists Competition of the American Guild of Organists, he spent two years in Germany as a Fulbright scholar, followed by a D.M.A. degree in performance and pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music. David Mulbury has been a member of the faculty at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, since 1968, where his frequent faculty recitals have attracted an enthusiastic following.

From Cincinnati:

Stephan Casurella

Director of Music, Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati

Organist, conductor, and composer Stephan Casurella was appointed director of music at Christ Church Cathedral in 2009. In addition to overseeing all aspects of music for the cathedral’s rich worship life, he conducts the cathedral choirs, shares organ playing duties with the associate director of music, and coordinates a busy concert schedule. Prior to his tenure at Christ Church, Stephan held positions at various churches, including Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Kansas City, KS (1998-2006) and Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS (2006-2009). He also taught music at Avila College (1996-2000).

Stephan was born in England, where he began studying piano, organ and music composition at an early age. After moving to the United States, he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in both piano performance and music composition and in 2009 was awarded a doctor of musical arts degree in church music (organ emphasis) from the University of Kansas.

Brenda Portman

Brenda Portman is the Resident Organist at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati and the Executive Director of the church’s renowned Organ Concert Series.  She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (2016) in organ performance from the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music, where she received a full scholarship as first prize winner of the Strader Organ Competition and served as teaching assistant for the organ department.  She holds previous music degrees from Northwestern University (2003) and Wheaton College (2002).

Ms. Portman has been a prizewinner in numerous organ competitions, including the Arthur Poister, Albert Schweitzer, Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition, and Bank District British/American Organ Competition.  In 2014 she was the only American woman selected to compete in the Canadian International Organ Competition, and her performance there led to a recording of organ works by Canadian composer Rachel Laurin for the Raven label (“Pilgrimages: Organ Music of Rachel Laurin Inspired by Sacred Themes”), released in April 2016.

Shiloh Roby

Associate Director of Music, Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati

Shiloh Roby is a native of Staunton, Virginia. He studied organ with Stephen Cooksey and J. Thomas Mitts and percussion with Eugenia Burkett at Shenandoah University, where he earned dual bachelor degrees in music and business. He graduated magna cum laude.

He completed a master’s degree at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied music theory with Kip Wile and Thomas Benjamin. He also studied organ with Donald Sutherland and held one of the two fellowships in ear-training.

In 2007, he departed for the United Kingdom, where he served as organ scholar at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall. This was followed by a year of serving as organ scholar at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the national cathedral of Ireland.

The faculty is subject to change without notice.