Renowned organist to perform at Dordt on October 15
Dr. Damin Spritzer will perform an organ recital on Saturday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium as part of the Ringerwole Organ Recital Series, which is in its 10th year. Spritzer will also give a masterclass at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 14.
Spritzer is Area Chair and Associate Professor of Organ at the University of Oklahoma and Interim Director of Music and Organist for St. Thomas More University Parish in Norman. She continues to work with the Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew in Dallas as Artist-in-Residence for Cathedral Arts. Formerly Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas teaching Organ Literature and Sacred Music, she is active in the Dallas and Oklahoma City Chapters of the American Guild of Organists and serves on committees for the Organ Historical Society, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and Organlive Media Foundation. She received her doctorate from the University of North Texas, her Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Spritzer has performed at historic churches and instruments including the Nicolaikirche in Leipzig, Germany; Sainte-Croix in Orléans, France; Igreja Nossa Senhora de Fátima and Paróquia Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagemin in Sao Paolo, Brazil; the La Verna Festival in Italy; performances with the Terra Sancta Festival in Israel; Wells Cathedral in England; and the Arctic Cathedral in Norway. Performances in the United States have included a collaboration with Aaron David Miller at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston; the University of Houston 2012 Conference on Historical Eclecticism: Organ Building and Playing in the 21st Century; the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, and the 2017 International Trombone Festival in Redlands, California. She has been honored to contribute to convention performances and lectures at the 2013 Regional AGO Convention in Austin, the 2018 AGO National Convention in Kansas City, the 2019 Regional AGO Convention in Denver, and the 2019 Organ Historical Society Conference in Dallas. 2022-23 performances include venues in the United States, Germany, Belgium, and England.
Spritzer has recorded many albums, including the acclaimed fifth CD for Raven Recordings that was recorded in England, where she was the first American and the first woman to record at historic Hereford Cathedral on the landmark Fr. Willis organ. It received a four-star review from Choir & Organ and five stars from Organists’ Review, which said, “Damin Spritzer’s performance is spellbinding – and her wide-ranging program notes are fascinating…on so many levels this CD impresses as a serious undertaking.”
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