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Wednesday, January 3 Organ Recital

Cheryl Van Ornam, Guest Organist

Wednesday, January 10 Organ Recital Andrew McKeon & Mark Thallander, Guest Organists
Wednesday, January 17 Organ Recital Rob Hovencamp, Guest Organist
Wednesday, January 24 Organ Recital Eric Plutz, Guest Organist
Wednesday, January 31 Organ Recital Kyle Ritter, Cathedral Organist

Cheryl Van Ornam is the Traditional Music Director at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia, where she directs choral, handbell and brass ensembles. She is also the Organist at The First Church of Christ Scientist in Richmond, and has an active piano studio. Her master's degree in Organ Performance and Church Music is from Northwestern University. She has been an active participant in the McGill Summer Organ Academy in Montreal, Canada and also the International Haarlem Summer Organ Academy. Her teachers have included Maggie Kemper, Doug Cleveland, David Craighead, and James David Christie. She has served as the accompanist for the California Boys' Choir, the Chicago Archdiocesan Boychoir "Cantores minores", and the Nairobi Music Society in Nairobi, Kenya. She is also active as a choral accompanist for ensembles in the Richmond area, performing large choral works as the organ accompanist. She has given concerts at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Loma Linda University Church, Bruton Parish Church, and Adolphus Busch Hall (Harvard University), among others. She has been active with the American Guild of Organists in Chicago and Boston, and is currently Dean of the Richmond, Virginia Chapter. She and her husband have two married children.

 

Robert Hovencamp began his musical studies at an early age, and soon began studying at the University of Cincinnati's prestigious College-Conservatory of Music preparatory department. He later earned his bachelor's degree at CCM, studying piano, organ, and opera performance. He also studied organ and liturgical music at the Cincinnati Bible Seminary. At Cincinnati, he studied voice with Andrew White, and organ with W. Edwin Domb, and E. Wayne Berry. He continued his post graduate studies at Northwestern University in the vocal studio of Hermanus Baer, and the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists in Chicago.
He was an international finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti Competition. He is currently the organist and choirmaster at St. Edmund's Episcopal Church in San Marino, and is a frequent guest organist and recitalist here at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. For a sample of his work, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loCDPdB4qPA

 

Eric Plutz has begun his second decade as University Organist at Princeton University, where his responsibilities include playing for weekly services at the Chapel, Academic Ceremonies, and solo concerts. He coordinates the weekly After Noon Concert Series at the University Chapel, is Lecturer in Music and Instructor of Organ at Princeton University, maintains a private studio, and is Dean of the Central New Jersey Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In addition, Mr. Plutz is rehearsal accompanist for the Westminster Symphonic Choir at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and Princeton Pro Musica, both in Princeton, NJ. In 2016 Mr. Plutz also received the Alumni Merit Award from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. As an organ concert soloist, Mr. Plutz, who “performs with gusto, flair, clarity, and strong yet pliant rhythmic control (Mr. Hildreth for TAO),” has accepted engagements in distinguished locations across the United States and abroad including Germany, Austria, Philadelphia (Verizon Hall, the Wanamaker Organ, Longwood Gardens), New York City (Avery Fisher Hall, Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Cathedral of St. John the Divine), Washington, DC (Washington National Cathedral), and San Francisco (Grace Cathedral).

 


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