The 23rd Annual Richard Hixson Birthday Concert
Johsua Stafford, organist
The concert is free and open to the public.
Friday, January 13, 2017
6:15 p.m. – Punchbowl
6:45 p.m. – Dinner & Meeting
8:00 p.m. – Concert
Christ Episcopal Church
(Google Maps)
509 Scott St.
Little Rock, AR 72201-3807
Dinner Reservations
Dinner Reservations are due Wednesday, January 11

Active as an organist, pianist, conductor, and accompanist, Joshua Stafford recently graduated from the Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music with a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance and the Certificate in Church Music. His principal teachers at Yale were Thomas Murray (organ) and Jeffrey Brillhart (improvisation). The recipient of both a full-tuition scholarship and the Robert Baker Award, which is granted each year to the most promising incoming organ student, he currently serves as Organist and Choirmaster at St. Andrew’s Parish in Stamford, Connecticut. Joshua received the Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2010, where he was a full-tuition scholarship student of Alan Morrison.

Joshua has performed numerous recitals across the country, including at such notable venues as Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Princeton University Chapel, Ocean Grove Auditorium, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and Ursinus College. A regular performer on the world’s largest outdoor organ, the Massey Memorial Organ at the Chautauqua Institution, he was also an Assistant Organist at the world’s largest organ, the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in Philadelphia. Additionally, he has been a featured performer on the nationally syndicated radio show, Pipedreams, and WRTI’s Wanamaker Organ Hour. As a collaborative musician, Joshua has performed with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Curtis Opera Orchestra, the Temple University Concert Choir, the Bach Collegium of Philadelphia, Conservatory Brass, the Dolce Suono Ensemble, and the Buxtehude Consort. From 2008-2010, he served as the accompanist for the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, performing such works as the Bach Mass in b minor, and Pärt Te Deum. In 2009, Joshua traveled to England for an extensive tour with the choirs of the Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr. While there he played concerts and services in many historic venues, including Gloucester Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral, St. Alban’s Cathedral, Hereford Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey, the Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich, and St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. An accomplished improvisor, Joshua has improvised in recital at Yale University, and Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA, and the Oberlin Conservatory, where he taught an introductory course in improvisation to high school organists.

A native of Jamestown, NY, Joshua began piano studies at the age of six. His interest in the organ was sparked at a Pipe Organ Excursion held by the Chautauqua, NY chapter of the American Guild of Organists that he attended at the age of ten. Joshua’s previous teachers include Jared Jacobsen and James Bigham. Former positions include Assistant Organist at St. Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, Assistant Director of Music at the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, and the Organ Scholar at the historic Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge.

The Central Arkansas Chapter meets once a month, September through May, for dinner, business meeting and a concert. These meetings are a time for fellowship, to visit with old friends, to make new friends, and to enjoy the performances of world-class artists. Our recitals are free, open to the public, and made possible by the support of our members, chapter friends, and program sponsors.

Now is the time to join, or renew your membership of, the Central Arkansas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. If you are an organist, church musician, or love the organ and its music, support our mission by joining us today. Memberships run from July 1 to June 30.

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Please join us today by filling out a membership form and mailing it, along with your dues, to the address printed on the form, or visit the AGO ONCARD website to pay your dues online.

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