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Erica Johnson, Organ Concert

Performing on the Wellesley College meantone Fisk organ
Sep 21, 2019, 7:30 PM
Houghton Memorial Chapel
Free and open to the public

This program offers organ masterpieces from the 17th-century North European repertoire and colorful selections from the Iberian Peninsula. In tandem with the rare soundscape found upon the Fisk organ in Houghton Chapel, these pieces give the listener the opportunity to experience the music as the composers intended generations ago. A seldom heard sonata by the 18th-century composer, Anna Bon, gives a refreshing elegance and balance to the concert.

Erica Johnson, DMA, is a Boston-based organist and clavichordist. She recently joined the faculty of Wellesley College as College Organist and Instructor in Organ. As an organ instructor she has taught at the UNC School of the Arts, Salem College, and the Oberlin Conservatory, and she designed and taught the graduate course in organ literature at the Eastman School of Music from 2006-2008. In the realm of church music, Erica served as Organ Scholar at the Memorial Church of Harvard University from 1999-2001, and she currently is the Director of Liturgy and Music at Sacred Heart Parish in Newton Centre, MA. Erica is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin College, New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music. With a generous grant from the Beebe Fund for Musicians, she enjoyed two years of further study at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany, where she learned from the instruments in Ostfriesland, particularly those of Schnitger. Her years in Germany yielded two honors: the 2004 International Arp Schnitger Prize awarded by the Arp Schnitger Gesellschaft for promoting the legacy of the organ builder, and also two performance awards during the 2002 Norddeutsche Rundfunk (NDR) Musikpreis, held on the instruments in Basedow, Stade-St. Wilhadi, and Norden-Ludgerikirche. In October 2017 she was featured as a performer during the Göteborg International Organ Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Generously supported by:

The Fisk Memorial Fund