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Epsilon Spires

Lunchtime Pipe Organ Series: Anne Laver

Professor and University Organist at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music, award-winning organist Anne Laver has performed across the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, Central America, and Africa. In honor of Women's History Month, her program features music composed and inspired by women

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Lunchtime Pipe Organ Series: Anne Laver
Lunchtime Pipe Organ Series: Anne Laver

Time & Location

Mar 01, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA

About the Event

Join us every first Wednesday for a unique program of organ music performed on our Historic Estey pipe organ. Each month we showcase a different talented organist visiting from around the world!

Our Program For March Features Music Composed and Inspired by Women

As God Imagined (2022)     B.E. Boykin (b. 1989)

Three dances from the Susanne van Soldt manuscript, 1599

 Almande Brun Smeedelyn

Almande de La nonette

De frans galliard

Barndommens Dans (1998)     Liv-Benedicte Bjørneboe (b. 1965)

Prelude and Fugue on “O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid”  Ethel Smyth (1858—1944)

Versets from the notebook of Sor María Clara del Santísimo Sacramento, 18th century

(Cuaderno de Tonos de Maitines)

First Tone with the Final on F: Psalm tone and 6 versets

Annunciation IV:      Judith Bingham (b. 1952)

Chorale Prelude on “Meine Seele erhebt den Herren” (2012)

Hózhó (2022)       Connor Chee (b. 1987)

Allegretto from Sonata No. 4 in F Major  Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809—1847)

Prelude in F Major     Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805—1847)

Anne Laver’s performance activities have taken her across the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, Central America, and Africa. She has been a featured recitalist and clinician at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the Society for Seventeenth Century Music, the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative Festival, the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, and the Göteborg International Organ Academy in Goteborg, Sweden. In 2010, she was awarded second prize in the prestigious American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP). Anne’s performances have been aired on radio programs including The Organ Loft on the Pacific Northwest’s Classic KING FM, American Public Media’s Pipedreams, WXXI Public Broadcasting’s With Heart and Voice, and Nebraska Public Radio’s Nebraska Concerts series. She released her debut recording, “Reflections of Light” on the Loft label in March 2019.

Anne is Assistant Professor of Organ and University Organist at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music. In this role, she teaches organ lessons and classes, serves as artistic director for the Malmgren Concert Series, accompanies the Hendricks Chapel Choir, and plays for chapel worship services and special university events. Anne has also taught and led outreach programs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, most recently serving as Visiting Professor of Organ from 2020-2022. Anne has over twenty years of experience in church music, having led volunteer and professional choir programs in a variety of parishes in upstate New York, Wisconsin, and The Netherlands.

Anne is passionate about advocacy for the organ and the encouragement of young organists. To that end, she has served as director for various youth programs in the Rochester area, including a Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced in 2013, the Eastman Summer Organ Academy in 2014, and a Summer of Opportunity youth employment program for city youth in 2014. She has worked with her Syracuse colleague, composer Natalie Draper, to offer programs for composers who want to write for the organ, and she has given world premiere performances of works by Natalie Draper, Eric Heumann, and Ivan Božičević.

Anne Laver studied organ with Mark Steinbach as an undergraduate student at Brown University and spent a year in The Netherlands studying with Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. While pursuing masters and doctoral degrees at the Eastman School of Music, she studied with Hans Davidsson, William Porter, and David Higgs.

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