William Entriken is Organist and Choirmaster at The First Church in the City of New York and Organ Instructor at New York University.
A native of Arlington, Virginia, he holds degrees in organ performance from Indiana University (awarded with Distinction) and Union Theological Seminary, New York City. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University and is a member of the honorary music fraternity Pi Kappa Lambda. He spent two post-graduate years at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany, as a student of organist Dr. Michael Schneider.
At historic First Prebyterian Church (founded 1767), Dr. Entriken directs the church’s renowned choir and plays the large Austin Organ, one of the finest organs in New York, for worship services. The choir has recorded two CDs. Two major choral concerts with full orchestra are presented every season. At these concerts, Dr. Entriken often performs solo concerto works for organ and orchestra.
As an organ recitalist, Dr. Entriken has performed in many major church programs and universities, including Washington National Cathedral and Yale University. He has recorded for the Classic Masters label and has been presented in recital on National Public Radio in Pennsylvania. Recently, he was a featured recitalist at the Mid-Atlantic Convention of the American Guild of Organists. Dr. Entriken is heard regularly on the First Prebyterian’s biweekly radio program, “Be Thou My Vision” on WQXR in New York City.
Before coming to First Prebyterian Church, Dr. Entriken was organist and choirmaster at the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields (Episcopal), Greenwich Village, New York City. At St. Luke’s, he designed two mechanical-action instruments built by Casavant Fréres Ltée.
(From the webpage of St Luke in the Fields)
The organ at Saint Luke’s was installed in 1986. It was designed by William Entriken, Director of Music at the church from 1976 to 1988, in collaboration with the builders, Casavant Frères, Limiteè, St.-Hyacinthe, Quebec. The instrument is, with one tonal change, a replica of its predecessor at St. Luke’s, installed in 1979 and destroyed by fire barely 18 months later.
The organ has mechanical key action, electrical stop action, two manuals, 27 stops, 34 ranks, and 1,670 pipes. Classic in style, it has three divisions: Hauptwerk, Rückpositiv, and Pedal.
|CASAVANT FRÈRES, LIMITÉE