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!
This virtual concert is free and available for viewing for one week after the premier date at rocago.org/rcors. Suggested donations of $12 are welcome.
Concert premieres at rocago.org/rcors
RCORS Presents the Eastman Five: In Virtual Concert
The Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series (RCORS) is pleased to present a virtual concert of five Eastman organists who will perform on several historic instruments in the Rochester area, including those housed at Third Presbyterian Church, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and United 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 before its cancelation due to COVID-19. Now, these organists have been given a second chance to perform as guests for the first concert of our 2020-2021 season. Please join us at rocago.org on November 20 at 7:30pm for our season premiere.
Ryan Chan is a DMA degree candidate at the Eastman School of Music, where he studies with David Higgs. He completed his MM degree in 2019 at the same school. A native of Hong Kong, China, he started learning the piano at age 5 and attained two performance diplomas in piano from Trinity College London by the age of 16. He won first-prize at the 2018 Poister Organ Competition and has presented solo recitals at Syracuse University, Church of the Covenant Cleveland, and the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, to name a few. In the 2020/21 academic year, Ryan will serve as a VanDelinder fellow at Christ Church Rochester.
Daniel Chang is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in the studio of David Higgs. He began his music studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Department where he studied composition with Michael Kaulkin and piano with June Choi Oh. He continued his education at the San Francisco Conservatory for a B.M.A. in composition studying composition with David Conte and piano with Alla Gladysheva. Daniel served as organ scholar at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in San Francisco under Simon Berry. At Eastman, Daniel was awarded the Gerald Barnes Prize and the Cochran Prize for excellence in pipe organ. Daniel was awarded Third Prize in the National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance at the 2018 National Convention for the American Guild of Organists and was a finalist for the one held this past year. Daniel is currently Director of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Canandaigua, New York.
James Kealey is Associate Director of Music/Organist at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY. Here, James oversees and co-ordinates the children’s music ministry, assists in the running of youth music, and accompanies the Chancel Choir. Recently completing the Master of Music degree in the studio of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music, James was Music Minister at Church of the Ascension, where he oversaw the senior choir, and began both a youth choir and a yearly arts festival. A native Brit, James has held positions at Chester, Blackburn, Wells, and Sheffield Cathedrals. James has performed most recently at Westminster Abbey, England; St John the Divine, NYC; and Hereford Cathedral. Future recitals include St Philip’s Cathedral, Atlanta, GA, and Church of the Covenant, Cleveland, OH at the OHS Convention in 2021. James was recently placed as a semifinalist in the American Guild of Organists NYACOP Competition. James is the current Sub-Dean for the Rochester AGO Chapter.
Jiaqi Shao completed her BM degree (with distinction) in 2019 at the Eastman School of Music. She is currently pursuing a MM degree in Organ Performance and Literature in the studio of Professor David Higgs. Born in 1997 in Shanghai, China, Jiaqi began studying piano at the age of four and has studied organ since 2011. Jiaqi is the first-place winner of the 2017 RCYO Regional Competition in Montreal and has performed on many occasions, including “Pipedreams Organ Concerts” in Rochester, the AGO/Quimby Rising Stars Recital in 2018 AGO National Convention, and the 2019 AGO Northeast Regional Convention Opening Service. Jiaqi was selected as the youngest and one of the nine finalists in 2020 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) and received “Semi-final Prize” as the semifinal and final rounds were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jennifer Shin is pursuing a DMA at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of David Higgs. She recently completed her master's degree at Eastman in 2020, following her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Michigan. During her time in Michigan, she held the position of Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills and participated in the University of Michigan’s University Choir and Early Music Choir both as accompanist and singer. In addition to being a recent NYACOP semifinalist, other competition awards include first place in the AGO/Quimby RCYO in Seattle chapter (2015) and San Diego chapter (2013) and second place in the Regional AGO/Quimby RCYO (Region IX) in 2013. She has been awarded the E. Power Biggs Fellowship to attend the 2016 OHS Convention in Philadelphia and has participated in masterclasses with Diane Belcher, James David Christie, Vincent Dubois, Alan Morrison, Daniel Roth and Ann Elise Smoot, among others.
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)