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Composer • Arranger • Keyboard Artist • Reviewer

Bachelor of Music (Organ), Oberlin College
M. Mus. (Orchestral conducting), SUNY Stony Brook
Doctor of Musical Arts (Organ), Yale University

Minister of Music at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Organist for Temple Beth Ohr, La Mirada, Calif.
Keyboard Artist for Cantori Domino, Santa Monica, Calif.

Music Compositions and Editions (Selected)

Hymnal 1982 Episcopal Church: Hymn 679, Fraction Anthem S-169; reprinted in several other hymnals and supplements in the U.S. and Japan.

Editor, Aaron Copland Preamble for a Solemn Occasion, included in The AGO 90th Anniversary Anthology of American Organ Music (Oxford University Press).

Song to the Lamb: “Splendor and Honor” for SATB, Organ (Morning Star Music).

Arranger, Handel Come Mighty Savior (SATB, Organ) (Boosey and Hawkes).

Three Chorale Preludes for Organ, St. James Music Press, 1998.

Three hymn tunes included in hymnal supplement New Songs of Rejoicing (Selah Music); Hymn tune Lord of our Dawning, commissioned for 300th anniversary celebration, Christ Church, Dover, Delaware, 2003; Anthem, God be in my Head, commissioned by Los Angeles chamber choir Cantori Domino, 2003; Anthem, Hark, what a sound commissioned by Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, 2004; Two hymn tunes commissioned by Association of Anglican Musicians Annual Conference, Los Angeles, summer 2009; Advent hymn, commissioned by Christ Church, Alexandria VA; Anthem for St. Luke’s Day, commissioned by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Lebanon PA, Fall 2010.

Professional Performances

Organist, Bachwerke (complete organ works of Bach), St. Cyril’s Church, Encino, CA, June 2005. Assigned music included 5th Trio Sonata, Canonic Variations on “Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her.”

Organist, complete organ music of Mendelssohn, Los Angeles American Guild or Organists, 2006.

Frequent recitalist, Wednesday Mid-Day Concerts, Cathedral of Our lady of the Angels, Los Angeles; Advent Organ recital series, Trinity Church, Santa Barbara

Accompanist for Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Paul Salumnovich, Samuel Adler, Jon Bailey, Margaret Hillis, Robert DeCormier, Gregg Smith, Joseph Flummerfelt, and many other distinguished conductors, summer courses, Westminster Choir College, Princeton

Baroque Performance Institute, Oberlin Conservatory:
Accompanist and continuo player, various performances; Accompanist, voice class of Max van Egmond; Harpsichord continuo; Bach Fifth Brandenburg Concerto; Tenor (choral), Cantori Domino choir (Maurita Phillips-Thornburgh, director), from 1997.

Organist, Durufle Requiem, Sir David Willcocks, conductor, Santa Barbara, CA.

Performances while at Yale

First solo student performance, Olivier Messiaen Meditations sur le Mystere de la Sainte Trinité (nine movements), Woolsey Hall

Harpsichordist, Elliott Carter Double Concerto for Harpsichord, Piano and Two Chamber Orchestras with Yale Contemporary Ensemble, Arthur Weisberg, Conductor

Organist, Jacob Druckman, Windows, Yale, Carnegie Hall, conducted by the composer; Berio, Sinfonia, Arthur Weisberg, Conductor

Other Performances

Founder/Director, The Twentieth Century Ensemble of Delaware (contemporary music large chamber ensemble). Repertoire included Copland, Britten, Stravinsky, Peter Maxwell Davies, and others

Commissioning and first performance, William Albright, The Enigma Syncopations (Organ, flute, bass, and percussion), St. John’s Cathedral, Wilmington, Delaware

Harpsichordist and Conductor, Cathedral Chamber Players, Wilmington, Delaware

Writing about Music

My articles and reviews have been published in:

Royal School of Church Music in America Quarterly
Clavier Magazine (Member, Board of Advisors)
Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians
The American OrganistRayUrwin_headshot3

Posted October 29, 2012 by Ray Urwin

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