Annual recital series at The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, 12 W. 12 Street. This year’s recital series features concert organists who are associated with the Greenwich Village.
First Recital: Christopher Creaghan on January 14, 2001. 4:00 PM
In October 1899, the Guilmant Organ School, the first school in America devoted to the teaching of organ and church music, opened at The First Presbyterian Church. Named after the famous 19th-century Parisian organist and founder, Alexandre Guilmant, the School was highly regarded as an institution for the training of church musicians. During the sixty-three years that the Guilmant School was at First Presbyterian, many organ recitals were given at the church by internationally acclaimed organists, and by Guilmant students. Many of the Guilmant students were appointed to important music positions around the country.
Christopher Creaghan will play the first recital on January 14 at 4:00 PM. For the past six years, Mr. Creaghan was Music Director and Organist for St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village. Mr. Creaghan is a frequent recitalist in New York’s major churches and has performed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Park Avenue Christian Church, Church of the Ascension, St. Peter’s Lutheran, and the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. His program will include works by Bach, Franck and Dupré and will last about one hour.
A native of Canada, Mr. Creaghan received the A.R.C.T. degree in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, and the Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Organ Performance from Manhattan School of Music. At graduation he was presented with the John Ceravalo Award for “outstanding accomplishment in the performance of the music of J.S. Bach”. Mr. Creaghan is Organist for Temple Israel of New Rochelle, and is on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music.
February 25 at 4:00 PM: David Shuler
Director of Music and Organist, Church of St. Luke in the Fields, NYC
Read the history of the Guilmant Organ School at First Presbyterian Church
Church Contact Details:
First Presbyterian Church
12 W 12 Street
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: (212) 675-6150 Fax: (212) 675-8674