Event Archive

August 18, 2022- Katherine Johnson

Date: August 18, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM
207 York Street, Bangor, Maine 04401
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Katherine Johnson (Oberlin, OH) performs music of Felix Mendelssohn, Florence Price, and Ethel Smyth on August 18.  Johnson is a senior in the organ department at Oberlin Conservatory, where she studies with Christa Rakich. She is enrolled in Oberlin’s double degree program, studying Organ Performance and English. Katherine currently serves as Organist and Music Director at Church of the Redeemer in Lorain, OH.  Prior to taking this position, Katherine worked as Organ Scholar at Plymouth Church UCC in Shaker Heights, and before beginning at Oberlin, as the Cathee Jean Huber Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, NC.  In 2016,  Katherine was awarded the first prize in the high school division of the Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition, and subsequently performed on the Winner’s Recital at the 2017 Schweitzer Festival. She has participated in a number of other competitions in the southeastern U.S., including the Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists, the Greater Columbia AGO Competition, and the 2014 ECMAEF competition in Greenville, N.C. Katherine spent the summer of 2019 working as Organ Teaching Assistant at Interlochen Arts Camp, with Thomas  Bara. Her former teachers are Phil Valera, Samantha Koch, and Andrew Scanlon.

August 11, 2022 – Sarah Johnson

Date: August 11, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM
207 York Street, Bangor, Maine 04401
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The August 11 concert features Sarah Johnson (Rochester, NY) performing music of John Knowles Paine, Jacques van Oortmerssen, and J. S. Bach. Johnson is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, where she studies with David Higgs. A native of Garland, Maine, Johnson began her organ lessons with Kevin Birch, organist and music director at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Bangor. In her undergraduate degree at Vassar College she studied organ with Gail Archer, and piano with Todd Crow. Johnson holds a Master of Sacred Music from Boston University, where she studied organ with Peter Sykes. Since beginning college, Johnson 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. Johnson was featured as a rising star and guest recitalist at the 2017 Musforum Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, and took part in a master class at Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. She recently performed at Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Methuen, MA on their 74th annual series. During her time in Boston, Johnson was Organ Scholar at Holy Name Parish in West Roxbury and Assistant Librarian at the Organ Library of the American Guild of Organists. In Rochester, Johnson was the Organ Assistant (VanDelinder Prize Winner) at Christ Church for the years 2018-2020. Johnson currently serves as Minister of Music at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Rochester.

August 4, 2022 – Juan A. Mesa

Date: August 4, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM
207 York Street, Bangor, Maine 04401
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On August 4, Juan A. Mesa (Norton, MA) performs music of J.S. Bach, Marcel Dupré, and Josef Rheinberger.  A native of Puerto Montt in Chile, Mesaholds a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance and composition from Western Connecticut State University, and both a Master of Music degree in organ performance and a PhD in Music Theory from Indiana University. His teachers include Stephen Roberts and Christopher Young in organ, Elisabeth Wright, harpsichord, and Todd Wilson and Jeffrey Smith, organ improvisation. Dr. Mesa has performed solo recitals across the US, Canada, Chile, and Argentina, and has collaborated with the Indiana-based Exordium Baroque Ensemble, the Choirs of Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, MYRIAM ensemble of Boston, and the University of Notre Dame’s Children’s Choir, among others. He is co-founder of Le Note Diverse, a Boston-based early music ensemble that specializes in under-represented music for plucked instruments and early keyboards. Dr. Mesa is an AGO Regional Competition for Young Organists’ first prize winner, and has performed organ concerts at regional and national AGO conventions and competitions. As a conductor, he specializes in historically-informed performances of baroque and early classical repertoire for voices and instruments, and has led projects including all-Bach and all-Buxtehude marathons. He is currently College Organist and Assistant Professor of Music Performance  (organ) at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, as well as Music Minister at the Roslindale Congregational Church in Boston, and Director of Music and Organist at St. Leonard of Port Maurice Parish.

July 28, 2022 – Bridgette Wargovich

Date: July 28, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM
207 York Street, Bangor, Maine 04401
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29th Summer Recital Series Opening Concert

Our opening concert (Thursday, July 28) features Bridgette Wargovich (Portland, ME) performing works of J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, and César Franck. Wargovich is Director of Sacred Music and Organist at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Maine. A native of Massachusetts, she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance in 2018 and a Master of Sacred Music degree summa cum laude in 2014, both from Boston University. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled, “The King of Musical Instruments and the Spirit of the Liturgy: The Pipe Organ and Its Liturgical Repertoire Analyzed in Light of Ratzinger’s Theology of Liturgical Music.” The dissertation explored the theology of Pope Benedict XVI, linking his main themes to the pipe organ and its repertoire. Her principal organ teacher was Peter Sykes. Bridgette has a special love for sacred and liturgical music; she is dedicated to preserving and promoting this musical treasure.

2022 Spring International Concert

Date: May 24, 2022
Time: 7:30PM
207 York Street, Bangor, Maine 04401
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Dr. Gregory Crowell (Grand Rapids, MI) will perform a spring international concert on the historic E. & G. G. Hook organ, Opus 288 (1860) at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bangor on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 7:30 pm.  Crowell will perform music of J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and Arthur Foote.

Gregory Crowell is a Senior Affiliate Professor of Music at Grand Valley State University and the Director of Music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has performed widely in Europe, Japan, and the United States as an organist, harpsichordist, clavichordist, and conductor. He has been heard in live performance on WCRB in Boston, WGUC in Cincinnati, WFMT Chicago, Northwest German Radio, Belgian Public Radio, and NPM’s Pipedreams, and has recorded for the OHS and OgeeOgress labels. Crowell has lectured and published extensively on matters concerning organology and performance practice, and is the editor of Clavichord International.  Dr. Crowell performs under the aegis of Independent Concert Artists.

2021 Fall International Concert

Date: November 9, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM
207 York Street, Bangor, Maine 04401
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St. John’s Organ Society presents an organ concert on Tuesday, November 9, at 7:30 pm, featuring international concert artist, Christa Rakich (Bloomfield, CT), performing works of J.S. Bach, Cesar Franck, James Woodman, and Christa Rakich. Rakich serves as Visiting Professor of Organ at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. 

international concert artist, Christa Rakich (Bloomfield, CT)
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September 2, 2021 – Kevin Birch with Anatole Wieck

Date: September 2, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM
207 York Street, Bangor, Maine 04401
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St. John’s Organ Society is pleased to announce the 28th Summer Recital Series on Maine’s largest 19th-Century mechanical-action pipe organ, E. & G. G. Hook’s magnificent Opus 288, at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Bangor. 

Anatole Wieck and Kevin Birch
Anatole Wieck and Kevin Birch

Season Finale (September 2) features Kevin Birch with Anatole Wieck, violin (Bangor, ME) performing works of J.S. Bach, Heinrich Biber and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. Birch began organ studies with Yuko Hayashi on the C. B. Fisk organ at Old West Church in 1979 and earned the Bachelor of Music Degree at New England Conservatory (with Distinction in Performance) in 1987. He continued studies with Klaas Bolt at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and later with Delores Bruch at the University of Iowa where he earned the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Since 1992 he has served as Director of Music at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bangor, Maine where he also serves as Executive Director of St. John’s Organ Society – a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of E. & G. G. Hook’s Opus 288 built for St. John’s Church in 1860. Kevin is a member of the music faculty at the University of Maine’s School of the Performing Arts in Orono and serves on the Liturgical Commission for the Diocese of Portland. He has performed solo recitals in the US, Canada, Europe, and in South America, and for several national conventions of the Organ Historical Society. He is especially devoted to the many fine historic organs in Maine on which he enjoys frequent opportunities to study and perform.

Born in Latvia, Anatole Wieck received his first musical education in Riga and Moscow. In the United States since 1973, he studied violin and viola at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, where he completed his Doctorate in Musical Arts working closely with Ivan Galamian, Lillian Fuchs, and Paul Doktor. He also studied baroque interpretation with Carol Lieberman at Boston University. He plays baroque viola, viola d’amore and baroque violin. Since 1986 Dr. Wieck has taught upper strings at the University of Maine and conducted the University of Maine Orchestra. He has performed and conducted in Europe, North and South America, and has participated in chamber music festivals such as Chamber Music/West (San Francisco), White Nights (St. Petersburg, Russia) and festivals in Montepulciano, Italy and Newport, Rhode Island. He was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in 2006 in Guatemala.

August 26, 2021 – George Bozeman

Date: August 26, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM
207 York Street, Bangor, Maine 04401
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St. John’s Organ Society is pleased to announce the 28th Summer Recital Series on Maine’s largest 19th-Century mechanical-action pipe organ, E. & G. G. Hook’s magnificent Opus 288, at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Bangor.

George Bozeman

George Bozeman (Deerfield, NH) performs music of J.S. Bach on August 26. A native of Texas, Bozeman studied with Dr. Helen Hewitt at the University of North Texas. He apprenticed as an organbuilder with Otto Hofmann in Austin, Texas, and later worked with Robert L. Sipe in Dallas. In 1967 he received a Fulbright Grant to Austria where he studied with Anton Heiller and Isolde Ahlgrimm. He worked with Fritz Noack in Andover, Massachusetts before starting his own firm in Lowell. With partner David Gibson and later as sole owner his firm completed projects in some 20 states across the nation – including the 1981 restoration of E. & G. G. Hook’s Opus 288 at St. John’s in Bangor. He has maintained a church music career throughout and is director of music at the First Congregational Church in Pembroke, New Hampshire. He has played recitals across the United States and in Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, Germany, and France.

August 19, 2021 – Erica Johnson

Date: August 19, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM
207 York Street, Bangor, Maine 04401
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St. John’s Organ Society is pleased to announce the 28th Summer Recital Series on Maine’s largest 19th-Century mechanical-action pipe organ, E. & G. G. Hook’s magnificent Opus 288, at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Bangor. These hour-long recitals occur on Thursday evenings at 7:30.

The August 19 concert features Erica Johnson (Walpole, MA) celebrating music of female composers for the organ, including Cécile Chaminade, Florence Price and Ethel Smyth.

Erica Johnson
Erica Johnson

Johnson is the College Organist and Instructor of Organ and Harpsichord at Wellesley College and Director of Liturgy and Music at Sacred Heart Parish in Newton Center, MA. Erica is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin College, New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music (DMA), studying with Haskell Thomson, William Porter and Hans Davidsson. As a grant recipient of the Beebe Fund for Musicians she studied an additional two years at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany, with Harald Vogel. Her years in Germany yielded two honors: the 2004 International Arp Schnitger Prize awarded by the Arp Schnitger Gesellschaft, and the 2002 NDR Musikpreis. More recently she has presented programs for the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies and the Göteborg International Organ Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

St. John’s Catholic Church is located at 207 York Street in Bangor. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

August 12, 2021 – Jeremy Thompson

Date: August 12, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM
207 York Street, Bangor, Maine 04401
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St. John’s Organ Society is pleased to announce the 28th Summer Recital Series on Maine’s largest 19th-Century mechanical-action pipe organ, E. & G. G. Hook’s magnificent Opus 288, at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Bangor.

Jeremy Thompson
Jeremy Thompson

On August 12 Jeremy Thompson (Charlottesville, VA) performs music of J.S. Bach, Eugène Gigout, and Franz Liszt. Thompson was born in Dipper Harbour, a small fishing village in New Brunswick, Canada, and studied piano with Marina Mdivani (a student of Emil Gilels) and organ with Dr. John Grew. He earned a Doctorate of Music in performance from McGill University holding two of Canada’s most prestigious doctoral fellowships. He has performed extensively throughout North America appearing with orchestras and in solo and chamber music settings, and has completed three tours to the former Soviet Union. Thompson enjoys performing music from all eras, and specializes in highly virtuosic repertoire. He has recorded a 2 CD set of the organ music of Karl Höller on the Raven CD label and several CDs of piano music.