Michael Stefanek, Organist

Award-Winning, Maryland Church Organist from Wisconsin

2017-18 Sondheim Organ Music Spotlight Series

Ticket Information

$18 | General Admission
Fairfield Concert Association Members | Admission with proof of membership

MICHAEL STEFANEK is originally from Green Bay, WI and currently serves as Director of Music Ministry at Asbury United Methodist Church in Salisbury, MD. From 2012-2016 Michael spent time in Des Moines, IA as church musician, performer, and active member of the Central Iowa Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, having served as its Dean from 2014-2016.

As a concert organist Michael Stefanek has performed throughout the United States at places including The Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Des Moines, IA), Weidner Center for the Performing Arts (Green Bay, WI), Church of the Gesu (Milwaukee, WI), Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Detroit, MI), Trinity Cathedral (Cleveland, OH), St. Norbert Abbey (De Pere, WI), Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Davenport, IA), Hill Auditorium (Ann Arbor, MI), Presbyterian Homes' Elliot Chapel (Evanston, IL), Park Church Congregational, U.C.C. (Grand Rapids, MI), and Asbury United Methodist Church (Salisbury, MD).

As a collaborative musician Michael has played continuo for Handel's Messiah, served as organist for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's commencement ceremony, played with the UW-Green Bay's Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, UWGB's Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band, and the Green Bay Boy & Girl Choir. In September of 2016 Michael had the unique opportunity of playing organ in a concert featuring the American Spiritual Ensemble.

In addition to the organ Michael has a love for choral music, which began at the age of 6 when he commenced singing in the Green Bay Boy Choir. He went on to sing in his high school choir, Oberlin College Musical Union, University of Michigan Choir, and the University of Michigan Early Music Ensemble.

Michael's warm personality and outstanding talent have helped him to earn numerous awards, scholarships, and fellowships throughout his academic life. In the spring of 2001 he won second prize at the chapter level of the American Guild of Organists Regional Competition for Young Organists held in Cleveland, OH. In 2010 he was awarded a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant that funded a chamber orchestra for Handel's Concerto Op. 4, No. 4, which was performed on his second dissertation recital in Ann Arbor, MI.

Michael earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master's degrees in organ performance at the University of Michigan where he studied with James Kibbie. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he studied with David Boe. While at Oberlin he also studied organ improvisation with James David Christie and harpsichord with Lisa Goode Crawford. Michael began his organ studies with Ruth Tweeten and had the unique opportunity to receive coaching at the Lutheran Summer Music Program in 1996 and 1997 with Martin Jean, Director of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Prior to pursuing organ, Michael was an accomplished pianist, having studied with the late Bishop Michael Bent of Appleton, WI.

In his free time Michael enjoys spending time at the beach, working out, attending concerts, watching movies, trying restaurants, and exploring the East Coast.

PROGRAM

Sortie
J. Guy Ropartz
Toccata In F Major, BWV 540
Johann Sebastian Bach
Gospel Prelude on "What A Friend We Have in Jesus Johann Sebastian Bach"William Bolcolm
Fantasy in F Minor, K. 608Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Music from Star WarsJohn Williams
Stars and Stripes ForeverJohn Philip Sousa
Oh Danny Boyarr. Edwin H. Lemare
Rankett BluesBarbara Dennerlein
Symphony No. 6 (Allegro)Charles-Marie Widor



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