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St. John’s Organ Society to feature Rochester organist Sarah Johnson

Event organizer: Kevin Birch
Event Date & Time: August 15, 2019 7:30 pm until August 15, 2019 8:30 pm
Cathy Bruno | BDN
Cathy Bruno | BDN

BANGOR — St. John’s Organ Society will continue its 27th Summer Recital Series 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at 217 York St., with Sarah Johnson from Rochester, New York.  Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Johnson will perform music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, and Josef Gabriel Rheinberger.

Sarah Johnson is a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music, where she studies with David Higgs.

A native of Garland 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 26th annual Summer Organ Concert Series. In her undergraduate degree at Vassar College she studied organ with Gail Archer, and piano with Todd Crow. Sarah holds a Master of Sacred Music from Boston University, where she studied organ with Peter Sykes.

Since beginning college, Sarah has performed in New York City at Central Synagogue, and in Boston at Old West, Trinity Copley and Holy Name Parish. She was named an E. Power Biggs Fellow of the Organ Historical Society in 2013. Sarah was featured as a rising star and guest recitalist at the 2017 Musforum Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, and recently took part in a master class at Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.

During her time in Boston, Sarah was organ scholar at Holy Name Parish in West Roxbury, and assistant librarian at the Organ Library of the American Guild of Organists. Sarah currently serves as the organ assistant (VanDelinder Prize Winner) at Christ Church in Rochester, and is festival coordinator for the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative.

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