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Faculty Artist Series: Gregory Peterson, organ

  • Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021
  • Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Location: Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Gregory Peterson, organ, will perform in a Faculty Artist Series on Sunday, September 12th, at 4:00 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.

The program includes music by Dieterich Buxtehude, J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and Charles-Marie Widor. Of special interest is a newly published set of variations on the spiritual There Is a Fountain, composed in 1979 by Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989) considered the Dean of African-American women composers.

Gregory Peterson is Professor of Music and College Organist at Luther College. He is also the conductor of Luther Ringers, which he founded in 2008. From 2011 to 2017 he served as Head of the Luther Department of Music.

A respected leader in the field of church music for more than 30 years, Dr. Peterson was The Regina Holmen Fryxell and Patricia Shad Leege Endowed Chapel Organist at the 2014 Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. He served the historic Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts as Organist and Minister of Music from 1997-2005. At Old South he directed the Old South Choir and Old South Ringers and performed regularly with the Old South Brass, Organ and Timpani Ensemble including the ever-popular annual First Night Concerts on New Year’s Eve. Prior to his appointment in Boston he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Christ Chapel Organist at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. He has also been a visiting professor at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and served as music director for churches in Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota and Washington. He currently serves on the Development Committee and as a Trustee of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and served two terms as President of ALCM (1997-2001). He has also served on the boards of several American Guild of Organists chapters.

Gregory Peterson is a an internationally acclaimed recitalist, having performed in important venues including Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama, Trinity Church, Boston, the Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts, the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church), Boston, Old West Church, Boston and New York City's famed Riverside Church and Central Synagogue. European venues include Matthäuskirche, Berlin; the Berlin Cathedral; Helsinki’s Rock Church; St. Anne’s Church, Warsaw; St. Nicholas Church, Prague; St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden and St. Augustine’s Church, Cardiff. He is featured on the critically acclaimed compact discs “Heroic Sounds,” recommended for “nice music superbly played” (Journal of the Association of Anglican Church Musicians) and “Dieterich Buxtehude: A 300th Anniversary Celebration,” noted for its “stylistic integrity, energy, strength, clarity, crisp articulation, clear phrasing and well-controlled rhythm” (The American Organist).

Gregory Peterson earned the B.A. degree in music at Luther College. He holds the M.M. degree from Yale University in the Institute of Sacred Music where he was Hugh Giles Scholar and received the Harry B. Jepson Memorial Scholarship. He holds the D.M.A. degree in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa where was a Rahn Scholar and teaching assistant. He undertook additional study at the Summer Institute for French Organ Study and at the Gothenburg International Organ Academy in Sweden.

Questions? Contact Gregory Peterson, 563-387-1205