The music department offers a new class of organ performance

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Courtesy of Scott Montgomery

Scott Montgomery

the music department is now offering Organ Performance courses for the Spring 2022 semester. Students interested in enrolling in the course should contact Tomoko Kashiwagi by emailing the Music Office at [email protected] or calling 479-575-4701.

Teaching this new course will be Scott Montgomery, associate director of music and organist at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville. He is a private piano and organ teacher, and a highly respected concert organist.

Montgomery achieved national recognition in 2006 by winning both the Lilian Murtagh Memorial Award (first prize) and the People’s Choice Award from the prestigious American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artist Competition in Organ Playing (NYACOP), the first person to win both awards in the competition’s history. Scott was the winner of several other notable competitions, including first prize in the American Guild of Organists’ Region V competition in Evansville, Indiana (1997), second prize in the Arthur Poister National Organ Competition in Syracuse, New York (2002), and was also the first recipient of the M. Louise Miller Fellowship (2002) sponsored by the Greater Bridgeport Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Scott is a member of the Concert Artist Cooperative, a list of national and international concert artists.

He is widely active as a concert organist throughout the country and abroad. Notable performance venues include the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, Washington), Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana), and the Heinz Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh ( Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). He has performed at regional and national conventions for the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the National Pastoral Musician Conferences, and for Pipe Organ Encounters in the Midwest for youth and adults. Her performances have been aired on the nationally syndicated radio programs “Pipedreams” and “With Heart and Voice”.

Montgomery has produced three critically acclaimed compact disc recordings. water and light, released in 2008 by the Pro Organo label, features the ingeniously-toned Mander organ from the Peachtree United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. His second CD, Inspirations from England, released in 2009 by the Regent Record label, featuring the two Mander organs of St Peter’s Episcopal Church in St Louis, Missouri. More recently, Scott released his third CD, Organo Plano: Music for a Joyous Occasion, on the Raven label, featuring the Reuter Great Organ at Christ United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas.

He received his formal training at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees in organ performance while studying with Professor Dana Robinson.

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