BANGOR — St. John’s Organ Society celebrates 26thseason with summer organ concerts on Maine’s largest 19th-century mechanical-action pipe organ, E. & G. G. Hook’s magnificent Opus 288. These concerts are on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York St., Bangor. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
The season continues on August 16 with Sarah Johnson of Boston, Massachusetts, who will perform music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Nicolaus Bruhns and Pamela Decker.
Sarah Johnson holds a Master of Sacred Music from Boston University, where she studied organ with Peter Sykes. She currently serves as Organ Scholar at Holy Name Parish in West Roxbury, and as Assistant Librarian at the Organ Library of the American Guild of Organists.
A native of Garland, Maine, Sarah began her organ lessons with Kevin Birch, organist and music director at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Bangor, where she was featured as a recitalist on the 23rdSummer Organ Concert Series. In her undergraduate degree at Vassar College she studied organ with Gail Archer, and piano with Todd Crow. Since beginning college she has performed in New York City at Central Synagogue, and in Boston at Old West, Trinity Copley, and Holy Name Parish. She placed second in the 2015 Eastern NY region of the AGO’s Regional Competition for Young Organists and in the 2017 Boston chapter of the RCYO. Sarah was featured as a rising star and guest recitalist at the 2017 Musforum Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.
Past positions Sarah has held include Choral Conducting Intern at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Poughkeepsie, NY, and Resident Organ Intern on Squirrel Island, ME. She has attended the Summer Organ Institute at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey and was named an E. Power Biggs Fellow of the Organ Historical Society in 2013. Sarah is a member of both the Organ Historical Society and the American Guild of Organists.
Sarah will attend the Eastman School of Music in the fall to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance under the direction of David Higgs.
For more information about St. John’s Organ Society and our concerts, please visit our web page: www.hookopus288.net.