Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series

rcors-logoRochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, together with the Eastman School of Music, WXXI, and area churches, established the Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series (RCORS).  The Series features the virtuosos of our time.  The goal of the series is to invite artists who are performers of the highest caliber who will enrich the lives of community members with their recitals and master classes.

Rochester has established itself as one of the premiere organ centers in the nation, with its wealth of quality instruments, educational prowess, and active community support.   This series now takes Rochester to a new level!

We invite your contribution to the Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series.  Ticket sales cover only a portion of the costs of bringing such distinguished artists to perform. Please join us by becoming a Series Sponsor

2016-2017 Series

Tickets for the following concerts may be purchased at the door, one hour prior to the performance. Cash or check only, please.
Tickets: $12 regular/ $10 Senior and AGO member /$5 students

Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Scott Dettra
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
25 Westminster Road, Rochester, NY
Masterclass on Saturday November 19, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

sdettra5x7Scott Dettra has been acclaimed as one of the leading American concert organists of his generation. He combines an active performance schedule with his post as Director of Music and Organist at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, where he leads a vibrant music program in the country’s fifth largest Episcopal parish. Prior to his appointment in Dallas, he was for five years Organist and Associate Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral, where he served as principal organist and assisted with the direction of the Cathedral choirs. Mr. Dettra’s playing is known for its poetry, rhythmic intensity, and musical elegance. His recital at the 2014 national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Boston was widely acclaimed, and The American Organist described it as “music making of absolute authority and sophisticated expression, one of the week’s high points.”

Recent and upcoming performances include appearances in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Houston, San Diego, Phoenix, Kansas City, Barbados, Canada, and Germany. He has performed at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists (2002, 2010, 2014), the Association of Anglican Musicians (1996, 2005, 2012), and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Festival appearances include the Lincoln Center Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Arizona Bach Festival, the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. In addition to his concert appearances, his performances have been broadcast on American Public Media’s Pipedreams and Performance Today, the BBC’s Choral Evensong, and The New York Philharmonic This Week.

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Mr. Dettra holds two degrees from Westminster Choir College, where he was a student of Joan Lippincott, and has also studied jazz piano at Manhattan School of Music. He has previously held positions as Keyboard Artist of the Washington Bach Consort, Assistant Conductor of Washington’s Cathedral Choral Society, and church positions at St. Paul’s, K Street in Washington; St. Mark’s, Locust Street in Philadelphia; and Trinity Church, Princeton.

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
William Porter
Christ Church
141 East Avenue, Rochester, New York

william-porterWidely known as a performer in the United States and in Europe, William Porter has also achieved international recognition for his skill in improvisation in a wide variety of styles, ancient and modern.  He has performed at major international festivals and academies, including the North German Organ Academy, the Italian Academy of Music for the Organ, the Smarano Organ and Clavichord Academy, Organfestival Holland, the Göteborg International Organ Academy, the Dollart Festival, the Lausanne Improvisation Festival, the Festival Toulouse les Orgues, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the McGill International Organ Academy, Eastman’s Improvfest, and the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.

Recently retired as Professor of Organ, Harpsichord, and Improvisation (2002-2013) at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Porter has also been a member of the music faculty at McGill University in Montreal, where he lived from 2004 until fall 2015.  From 1985 to 2002 he taught organ, music history, and music theory at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and from 2001 until 2005 he taught improvisation at Yale University.  Porter holds degrees from Oberlin College, where he also taught organ and harpsichord from 1974 to 1986, and from Yale University, where he was director of music at Yale Divinity School from 1971 to 1973.

Porter has recorded on historic instruments, old and new, for the Gasparo, Proprius, BMG, and Loft labels.  He currently serves as organ consultant for the ConstellationCenter, a new performing arts center to be built in the Boston area, which will house several organs in different styles.  Now residing in Rochester, New York, Porter returns to the Eastman School of Music as part-time Professor of Organ and Coordinator of Sacred Music Diploma Internships.

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Vincent Dubois
Sacred Heart Cathedral
296 Flower City Park, Rochester, New York
Masterclass on Friday, April 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart

vdubois5x7Newly appointed as one of the three titular organists at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, Vincent Dubois is one of the finest concert organists to appear on the world stage in many years.  He is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de
Musique in Paris where he was a student of Olivier Latry, and earned First Prizes in Organ, Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue and 20th-century composition.
In January 2016, after a comprehensive audition and competition for the available post, Mr. Dubois was appointed the newest of three titular organists of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, where he will serve along with the two other titular organists, Olivier Latry and Philippe Lefebvre.

Mr. Dubois took the world’s stage early in his career when he won two major organ competitions in 2002: the Recital Gold Medal at the 2002 Calgary International Organ Competition, and the Grand Prize at the 2002 International Competition of Toulouse, France.  As a result of these prizes, Mr. Dubois has performed in major concert venues throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific.  His performances have included numerous international music festivals such as Cambridge, Stuttgart, Dresden, Vancouver, Montreal, Chartres, and Roskilde.  Mr. Dubois has also appeared as guest soloist with several orchestras and ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hong-Kong Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique of Radio France, the Orchestre National de France, the Orquesta Filharmonica del Gran Canaria, the Orchestre de Picardie, and the Orchestre de Bretagne.  His performances have been broadcast over Radio France, the O.R.F. Vienna, CBC Radio Canada, Australian Radio and American Public Media’s Pipedreams.  In addition, he has been invited to teach organ master classes at such prestigious institutions as Yale University, Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Oberlin College, Baylor University, St. Paul University, Emory University, and he was recently appointed Continuing Guest Artist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he continues with teaching residencies each season.

Mr. Dubois has made several recordings, including a CD of the organ music of Franz Liszt available on the Vox Coelistis label; a CD on the JAV label recorded at St. Sulpice in Paris; and on the Radio France and Tempéraments label a recording at St. Etienne de Caen, which features the complete 3rd Symphonie of Louis Vierne and the Op. 7 Preludes and Fugues of Marcel Dupré.

In addition to his extensive performing and teaching, Mr. Dubois has held the post of Director General of the Strasbourg National and Superior Conservatory of Music in France since March 2012.

Past Seasons

2015-2016 Season
2014-2015 Season