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The Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series: RCORS

RCORS presents Bradley Welch

Friday, November 18, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. (Concert)

Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. (Masterclass)

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

25 Westminster Rd. (corner of East Ave.)

Rochester, NY

RCORS Presents Chelsea Chen

February 10, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. (Concert)

United Church of Canandaigua

11 E. Gibson St.

Canandaigua, NY

Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon (Masterclass)

Third Presbyterian Church

4 Meigs St. (corner of East Ave.)

Rochester, NY

Concerts from Previous Seasons

Raúl Prieto Ramírez,

San Diego Civic Organist

April 1, 2022

St. Anne Roman Catholic Church

1600 Mt. Hope Avenue

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Download the full program

The Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series (RCORS) was pleased to host organists David Higgs and Anne Laver in virtual concert at Christ Church Rochester on East Avenue on April 30, 2021. Professors of Organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Profs. Higgs and Laver presented a colorful program designed to highlight two organs housed at Christ Church: a historical reconstruction of a Lithuanian organ built in 1776, and an American organ from 1893. The program included music by composers both old and recent, including Johann Sebastian Bach, Jeanne Demessieux, and Florence Price. 

Download the full program with artist bios

In November 2020, the Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series (RCORS) presented a virtual concert of five Eastman organists performing on several historic instruments in the Rochester area, including those housed at Third Presbyterian Church Rochester, NY, St. Paul’s Episcopal Rochester, NY, and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Canandaigua, NY. Organists Ryan Chan, Daniel Chang, James Kealey, Jiaqi Shao, and Jennifer Shin were five of nine young organists chosen to be semi-finalists in the prestigious National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP), sponsored by the American Guild of Organists before its cancelation due to COVID-19.

 

 Past Recitalists

Todd Wilson (2009-10)
Michel Bouvard (2009-10)
Joan Lippincott (2009-10)
Cherry Rhodes (2010-11)
John Scott (2010-11)
Olivier Latry (2010-11)
Bruce Neswick (2011-12)
Janette Fishell (2011-12)
David Briggs (2011-12)
Ken Cowan (2012-13)
Stephen Tharp (2012-13)
Isabelle Demers (2012-13)
Edoardo Bellotti (2013-14)
Alan Morrison (2013-14)
Stefan Engels (2013-14)
Nathan Laube (2014-15)
Thomas Trotter (2014-15)
Thomas Murray (2014-15)
Diane Meredith Belcher (2015-16)
David Higgs (2015-16)
Bill Porter (2016-17)
Scott Dettra (2016-17)
Vincent Dubois (2016-17)
Stephen Tharp (2017-18)
Edoardo Bellotti (2017-18)
Bine Bryndorf (2017-18)
Renee Anne Louprette (2018-19)
Nathan Laube (2018-19)
Arvid Gast (2018-19)
Simon Johnson (2019-2020)
Michel Bouvard (2019-2020)

The Rochester Five (2020-2021)

David Higg and Annie Laver (2020-2021)

Raúl Prieto Ramírez (2022)

The Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series (RCORS) is administered by the Rochester AGO Chapter,

collaborating with the Eastman School of Music, WXXI, and several local churches.

 

Together we bring to Rochester some of today’s leading concert organists to perform on our wide array

of pipe organs.

 

Past performers have included Olivier Latry, Cherry Rhodes, and Thomas Trotter, among many others.

As part of the collaboration, usually one of the concerts is performed by a member of the Eastman organ faculty

as a benefit for the series.

 

The twofold aim of RCORS entails engaging the artist in a public recital as well as in a pedagogical setting.

Eastman organ students have the opportunity to interact directly with the visiting organist in a masterclass

in which players typically choose repertoire geared towards the artist's specialty or area of expertise.

Though intended for participation by Eastman organ students, Rochester AGO Chapter members and the general public are welcome and encouraged to attend these masterclasses for an enhanced weekend of pipe organ discovery!