Title: Professor Emeritus of Organ and Church Music
Degree: M.M., Syracuse University
Interests: Organ, church music
Critics hailed organist William Kuhlman as “a world-class performer” whose playing “communicates musical purpose and excitement.” His passion for his art was reflected in a teaching and performing career that spanned a broad range of activities, from concerts with the Dallas and Philadelphia Brass and Chicago Symphony Trumpeter Adolph Herseth, and solo recitals in the cathedrals of Trondheim, Rotterdam and Vienna, to publication in 2002 of his scholarly work in the national organ journals, “The Diapason” and “The American Organist”. His past appearances have also included engagements with the famed Empire Brass. One year, his performances aired on five different National Public Radio programs including “Performance Today,” “Saint Paul Sunday Morning”, “Pipedreams,” “Morning Edition”, and “All Things Considered.” He has recorded on the large mechanical action organ at the Center for Faith and Life built by Robert Sipe, including a brass and organ disc recorded with the Empire Brass under the Telarc label which was issued for national distribution in 2003. For his scholarly activities he received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the George C. Marshall Foundation. His compilation of organ literature and sacred tunes entitled “The Organist’s Music Library Plus” received nationwide praise as an invaluable tool for organists, performers and scholars. Over forty of his former Luther organ students went on for graduate degrees at a variety of prestigious institutions.
Kuhlman was named Emeritus Professor of Music following his retirement in 2006. He continues to perform on a regular basis.