Organist Kevin Vaughn and Early Music Michigan present collaboration Nov. 3

Date(s) - Friday, November 03, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

St. Augustine Cathedral

Early Music Michigan

Kevin Vaughn

Presented in collaboration with St. Augustine Cathedral’s “Sacred Music at the Cathedral” Concert Series, Thomas Fielding, Artistic Director

Kevin J. Vaughn is director of music and organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana, and instructor of organ and harpsichord at Goshen College. He performs regularly as a solo organ recitalist and also appears frequently in collaborative programs of sacred music with baritone Stephen Lancaster. Recent engagements include the University of Notre Dame, Valparaiso University, and for various American Guild of Organists (AGO) chapters; solo recitals in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Ohio, and Washington; and collaborative programs in Illinois, Virginia, and Michigan. He has recently appeared as organist for the major choral works Duruflé’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.

Kevin was a semifinalist in the 2013-2014 cycle of the National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance sponsored by the AGO, and, in February 2015, he won first prize in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Organ Scholar Competition in Evanston, Illinois. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano, organ, and sacred music, including the first Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance conferred by the University   of Notre Dame. His former teachers include Phyllis Warner, Gail Walton, and Craig Cramer. An active member of the AGO,  Kevin  currently serves as Dean of the St. Joseph Valley (IN) Chapter. He is an active member of the American Musicological Society, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the Organ Historical Society.

Kevin’s scholarly research and lecture recitals focus on French organist/composer Gaston Litaize (1909-1991), as well as twentieth- century French liturgical music for solo organ more broadly. Of particular interest are genre designations, compositional techniques, and reception of Litaize’s and other composers’ works after World War II.

Featured on the program is the Gaston Litaize Messe de la Toussaint. The Gregorian chant propers for All Saints’ Day will be sung, to complement this work, by a small vocal ensemble of men from Early Music Michigan, Eric Strand, Director.

Early Music Michigan was founded in 1996 as the Michigan Bach Collegium. In 2009, the name was changed to Early Music Michigan to emphasize their mission of performing a wide variety of early music — music written and performed before the 19th century — not limited  to the works of J. S. Bach. As an early-music ensemble emphasizing historically-informed performance,  Early Music Michigan occupies a valuable niche, providing music and creative programming that would not otherwise be available in the greater Kalamazoo area.

Their mission is to perform early music in a dynamic, varied and historically informed manner that honors this body of rare and ancient musical treasures, the artistic voice, and the humanity of collaborative music making.

This concert is FREE.

Kevin Vaughn will offer a masterclass, Saturday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. at First Congregational Church. It is FREE and is sponsored by the American Guild of Organists Doors open for refreshments at 9:30 a.m. (The venue previously announced for this master class has been changed to First Congregational Church.)


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