Organ at Stratford Summer Music - 2005

Wednesday July 27 to Sunday July 31, 2005
Stratford, Ontario, Canada

JAMES EDWARD GOETTSCHE is a native of Los Angeles, California, descendent of a German family emigrated from Schleswig Holstein. 
In 1961, while a student at San Francisco State College, he had the opportunity to make the acquaintance of Fernando Germani, world famed Italian virtuoso, and organist of the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome during the reign of Pope Pius XII. The Maestro invited the young man to continue his musical education in his class at the Conservatory of Rome where Goettsche graduated in 1968 with a degree in Organ and Organ Composition. 

He remained in Rome where he became organist of the Basilica of Santa Francesca Romana in the Roman Forum, where for decades he gave regular Sunday afternoon concerts which soon became a popular event in the Roman musical circle. At the same time he began to appear on prime time Italian (RAI) t.v. broadcasts as well as those of the Vatican Radio. His performances often included the complete works of J. S. Bach and of Cesar Franck. During Bach commemorations in Frankfurt, for example, he performed the Bach cycle in ten consecutive evenings, and elsewhere invited the audience to choose the evening’s programme.

His book on Bach’s organ works was printed twice in Italy, by the Assessorato alla Cultura in Padua, and by the Amici dell’Organo in Como. In 1989 he was elected “Modulator Organorum” (official organist) of the Vatican Basilica of Saint Peter. Since then he accompanies the principal liturgical celebrations in that Basilica, including those of the Holy Father, and those of the Vatican Chapter. At the same time he is Professor at the State Conservatory of Music Frosinone, and continues to concertize, teach in master classes and record throughout the world.

In reviewing a concert by Goettsche L’Osservatore Romano in Vatican City said;” He is more than an organist… he brings forth from the manuals and pedals of the organ a poetry that transcends the pipes themselves and mere virtuosity. In every measure he finds the soul and spirit which make the music always fresh and new. His performances overflow with emotions and color yet always with due respect for the historical content.”

In Stratford, Goettsche gave three one-hour solo recitals at Knox Presbyterian Church, at 9:30am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday the 28th, 29th and 30th. He led five public masterclasses on the works of J.S. Bach and Cesar Franck at 2:00pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday the 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th, plus an extra one at 11:00am on Saturday the 30th. For the complete schedule, see below.

The Five Academy students played for worship services in the downtown Stratford churches which hosted them through their week of practice, and gave the Academy’s 5th annual Final Concert at Knox Presbyterian Church on Sunday July 31st at 2:00pm.

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Wed 27 July 2:00pm

Organ Academy preparatory session with Christopher Dawes and James Edward Goettsche

Thu 28 July, 9:30am

Concert 1: Toccatas, Fugues & Chorales by J.S.Bach - James Edward Goettsche

Thu 28 July 2:00pm

Organ Academy Masterclass 2 with James Edward Goettsche

Fri 29 July, 9:30am

Concert 2: Organ works of César Franck, including Les Trois Pièces - James Edward Goettsche

Fri 29 July, 2:00pm

Organ Academy Masterclass 3 with James Edward Goettsche

Sat 30 July, 9:30am

Concert 3: Organ works of Felix Mendelssohn, J.S.Bach and Louis Vierne - James Edward Goettsche

Sat 30 July, 11:00am

Organ Academy Masterclass 4 with James Edward Goettsche

Sat 30 July, 2:00pm

Organ Academy Masterclass 5 with James Edward Goettsche

Sun 31 July, 2:00pm

Final Concert by Academy Students, hosted by Christopher Dawes


Adair small03ANDREW ADAIR was born in 1987 in Stratford, Ontario. He had his first piano lesson at age 10 and his first organ lesson at age 14. Last year Andrew was awarded First Class Honours for his grade 8 organ examination. During the summer of 2004 Andrew traveled to England where he studied at Cambridge University as an Oundle Organ Scholar with David Goode, Daniel Moult and David Sanger. He also served as Assistant Organist for the Cathedral Singers of Ontario tour to Winchester and Wales. Andrew has been called upon for numerous concerts in Stratford including the premiere of Last Night at the Proms and the repeat concert this season. This year he was organist for the Bach-Elgar Choir’s presentation of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and presented solo organ recitals in London and Toronto. Andrew attends school at Rockway Collegiate in Kitchener, and is the Organ Scholar at St. George’s Anglican Church in London where he studies organ under Ian Sadler. This summer Andrew returns to England as Assistant Organist for the Cathedral Singers of Ontario tour to Salisbury; upon return he will commence organ performance studies at the University of Toronto.

Academy Repertoire:
   BACH:   “Dorian” Toccata and Fugue (d, 538); Allabreve (589);
           Trio: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein (734)
   FRANCK: Prelude, Fugue et Variation, op. 18


CoonsMATTHEW COONS Matthew Coons is currently studying organ with Dr.Mark Toews, past National president of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. He is also a harpsichord student of Michael Jarvis. Last year he received a silver medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto for highest marks in Gr. 8 Organ. Matthew is organist at St. Charles Garnier Church, Hamilton, Ontario and assistant organist and conductor at St. Joseph's Church (Hamilton). He appeared as both chorister and organ accompanist on the CD Psalms Through the Ages (St. Joseph's Church Choir). He also sings with Hamilton's Mohawk College Singers. This summer he will study harpsichord with Arthur Haas and Jacques Ogg at Amherst Early Music Festival (Bennington, Vermont). There he will also play continuo for the Baroque Academy Orchestra in the fully-staged production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. He will also participate in CAMMAC’s Ontario sessions in Lakefield this summer.

Academy Repertoire:
   BACH: Prelude and Fugue (G, 541); O Mensch, bewein dein Sunde gross, (622)
   FRANCK: Prelude, Fugue, Variation, op. 18; Choral No. 3 in E


Park small06YOON PARK, who was born in Ulsan, Korea, obtained a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Ke-myung University in Dague, Korea. She then came to Vancouver to study English, and started studying the organ with Rachel Alflatt in December 2001. Since September 2004 she has been enrolled in the Master’s degree programme in organ performance at the University of Alberta, where she studies with Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht. In November 2004 she won the Handel Concerto Competition, Alberta Baroque Ensemble Scholarship Competition and has recently been awarded Berly Barns Memorial Graduate Awards, a Pamela Farmer Bursary and a University of Alberta Bursary. She has given recitals in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, and has been chosen to participate in the semi-final round of the RCCO 2005 National Organ Playing Competition, which will take place in London, Ontario, in July.

Academy Repertoire:
   BACH: Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532; Trio sonata No.5 in C major, BWV 529
   FRANCK: Prelude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18



ANDREI STRELIAEV was born in Riga, Latvia. He holds Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from University of Toronto where he studied with John Tuttle and Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from J.Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. As pianist and organist Andrei has performed in Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Sweden and France, participated in festivals and competitions including B.Dvarionas International Competition for Young Pianists in Vilnius, Lithuania (Diploma) and Concours International de Piano Maryse Cheilan in Hyeres, France (First Award). Soon after moving to Canada in 2002 Andrei won 1st Prize in Organ Category of Canadian Music Competition and 2nd Prize at RCCO Toronto Centre Competition for Young organists. He was a student of the Organ Academy at Stratford Summer Music in 2004. Currently Andrei serves as organist at Willowdale United Church. He often performs with soloists and ensembles-John Laing Singers, the University of Toronto Percussion Ensemble and McMillan Singers among them. Besides that Andrei enjoys collaboration with the Oakville Ballet Company, the Oakville School of Dance and the Fleming School of Performing Arts.

Academy Repertoire:
   BACH: Prelude and Fugue (e, 548); Toccata and Fugue (d, 565)
   FRANCK: Choral #2, b; Fantaisie in A major (Trois Pièces, 1878)


AARON TAN began taking piano lessons at the age of five, under the tutelage of Mrs. Ethel Wright. At twelve, he received his ARCT (Associateship) in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. He then went on to earn his LTCL (Licentiate) diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College of Music (London, England) when he was fourteen years old. At fifteen years old, he successfully completed his FTCL. (Fellowship) diploma, also from Trinity College. In January 2004, he completed his ARCT diploma in Violin Performance. Aaron performs regularly in the Greater Toronto Area, and has also given concerts in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. This year, he was one of the recipients of the Barwell Piano Student Scholarship of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and is studying organ with Mr. John Tuttle. Aaron, who was a student of the Organ Academy at Stratford Summer Music in 2004, is nineteen years old, serves as Organist and Choir Director at Church of the Ascension (Anglican) in Scarborough, and is in the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto.

Academy Repertoire:
BACH: Trio Sonata No. 4 in e, BWV 528
   FRANCK: Choral No.1, E; Cantabile (Trois Pièces, 1878)


Concert 1
James Edward Goettsche, organ

    Toccata and Fugue in d minor (BWV 656)

    Schübler Chorals
       1. Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 645)
       2. Wo soll ich fliehen hin? (BWV 646)
       3. Wer nur den Lieben Gott lässt walten (BWV 647)

    Toccata in F Major (BWV 540)

    Schübler Chorals
       4. Meine Seele erhebt den Herren (BWV 648)
       5. Ach bleib’ bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ (BWV 649)
       6. Kommst du nun Jesu, vom Himmel herunter (BWV 650)

Concert 2
James Edward Goettsche, organ

    Pastorale, op.19 (1890)

    Trois Pièces pour le Grand Orgue (1878)
       1. Fantaisie
       2. Cantabile
       3. Pièce Heroïque

    Choral III in a minor (1892)

Concert 3
James Edward Goettsche, organ

    J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
    Prelude and Fugue in E Flat Major (BWV 552)
    Pastorale in F Major (BWV 590)

    Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
    Carillon de Westminster (Pieces de Fantaisie, op. 54 no.6)

    Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
    Sonata 2 in c minor, op. 65
       Recitaive (Adagio)
       Allegro maestoso e vivace

    Fernando Germani (1906-1998)

    Charles Marie Widor (1845-1937)
    Toccata in F Major (Symphonie no.5, op.42)

Concert 4
The Five students of the 2005 Organ Academy perform this special free closing concert, featuring the works they have studied through the week.
Andrew Adair
Matthew Coons
Yoon Park
Andrei Streliaev
Aaron Tan

Christopher Dawes, host

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