Todd Wilson named Organist-in-Residence at Lake Erie College

Fine Arts,

As part of an ongoing Arts revitalization at Lake Erie College, internationally renowned organist Todd Wilson has been named the College’s Organist-in-Residence.

In early 2016, Wilson performed at Lake Erie College to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the restoration of the magnificent 64-rank, six-division Lake Erie E.M. Skinner organ, Opus 647. He performed the first concert on the newly restored instrument, now known as the Carol Lewis Morris Skinner Organ, in 2006.

Wilson is currently head of the organ department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, curator of the E. M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall in Cleveland, director of music at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, and house organist for the Aeolian organ at Stan Hywet Hall in Akron, Ohio.

Cleveland’s Plain Dealer called him “a fabulous virtuoso with fleet feet, a prodigious memory and technique to burn.” Even further, “He is also a warm personality who engages the audience with spoken program notes and a sense of humor.”

A highly sought-after performer, Wilson has played at venues such as Westminster Abbey, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, Washington National Cathedral and the 21,000-seat Mormon Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

Previously, Wilson served as director of music and organist at The Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, Ohio for nineteen years. From 1989 through 1993, he was head of the organ department at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music.

Wilson received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he studied organ with Wayne Fisher and piano with John Quincy Bass. He received further coaching in organ repertoire from Russell Saunders at The Eastman School of Music. An active member of the American Guild of Organists, Mr. Wilson holds their Fellow and Choirmaster certificates.

He has won numerous competitions, including the prestigious French Grand Prix de Chartres, the Fort Wayne Competition, the Strader National Scholarship Competition and the national competition sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.

His latest CD “The Organ Music of Gerre Hancock” was recorded at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue New York City. His improvised accompaniments to classic silent films are popular as well.

The Arts at Lake Erie College have a long and storied past that the institution seeks to sustain as a strong, prominent part of our future. 

To learn more about our new Organist-in-Residence, contact Dr. Swartz-Levine at jswartz@lec.edu or 440-375-7456.

 

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