Bryan Anderson is an organist, pianist, harpsichordist, and conductor currently living in Houston, Texas. At present Bryan is working towards a master’s degree in organ performance with Ken Cowan at Rice University. Bryan’s undergraduate work was at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he earned degrees in organ (studying with Alan Morrison) and harpsichord (with Leon Schelhase). Previous instructors were Jeannine Morrison in piano and Sarah Martin in organ. Bryan has also worked with musicians including Trevor Pinnock, Barry Rose, Jeffrey Khaner, Julianne Baird, and McNeil Robinson.
As a solo concert artist, Bryan has been described as “brilliant, yet quiet and unassuming” (The Diapason) and “simply first class” (Classical Voice of North Carolina). He has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, Woolsey Hall at Yale, Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Spivey Hall in Georgia, Princeton University Chapel and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. He has been featured in performance at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society. For several years, Bryan served as an assistant organist of the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in Macy’s department store in Philadelphia, where he played dozens of concerts.
In the capacity of a church musician, Bryan has acquired wide-ranging experience. Presently engaged as an assistant organist and director at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston, his most recent previous position (2015-16) was as organ scholar at Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England, where his responsibilities included playing and directing services as well as chorister training. Other positions have been as assistant organist/director at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and organist of Tenth Presbyterian Church (both in Philadelphia). In the realm of secular choral music, Bryan held posts as the director of the Mid-Wessex Singers in Somerton, England, and accompanist for Singing City Choir in Philadelphia under Jeff Brillhart. In addition to work at the organ, Bryan has enjoyed extensive collaboration as a chamber musician, performing very many times as a continuo artist and ensemble pianist.
Robert Young Ellis was Professor of Organ at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia for 35 years from 1952 to 1987. It is hoped that this series will inspire musicians young and old, as Ellis, through his teaching and playing, influenced innumerable students and colleagues who remember him as a musician of genius and as one who brought both wit and sophistication to the lesson and to the classroom. Mr. Ellis, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, was trained at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, at the University of North Texas and at the University of Michigan. He was guest artist for numerous conventions of the American Guild of Organists and for dedications of many new pipe organ installations throughout the United States. Mr. Ellis was a visiting lecturer at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. In Arkansas, he served as organist for the First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs and the First United Methodist Church of Arkadelphia. At Henderson, he coached four Fulbright scholars and winners of regional and national competitions. He was a man of warm presence and kindness to all who knew him. Those whom he influenced are professionals now serving throughout the country as church musicians, university professors, organ builders, and as principals and supporters for arts organizations.
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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