As our 2023 Recital Series nears its close, we celebrate the improvements made to our beloved Hook & Hastings organ with a recital by renown organist Bryan Dunnewald. Bryan's recital will feature works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Vierne. A preconcert talk will begin at 6:20pm, and a reception will follow the performance, provided by the Music & Arts Ministry.
Bryan enjoys a varied musical career centered around musical excellence in everything from conducting to organ building. His performances are marked by compelling programming and warm interaction with the audience.
Bryan is Tonal Director at Schoenstein & Co. Pipe Organ Builders, where he shapes and implements the firm’s musical direction. In addition to his work at Schoenstein, Bryan is Director of Music at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, where he conducts the professional and volunteer adult choirs, plays the organ, and arranges music for the various ensembles of the church.
Before moving to California, Bryan held musical positions at Saint Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Marble Collegiate Church, and the Wanamaker Organ.
Named one of The Diapason’s “20 under 30” most talented young artists in 2019, Bryan also received first prize and the hymn playing award at the 2013 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Competition. An active composer, Bryan’s pieces have been performed regularly by renowned musicians across the country.
Bryan studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Mannes School of Music, and Interlochen Arts Academy, earning degrees in orchestral conducting, organ, and harpsichord. His teachers and mentors include David Hayes, Alan Morrison, Thomas Bara, Jack Bethards, Robert McCormick, Jonathan Coopersmith, Steve Larson, Dr. Joseph Galema, Dr. Martha Sandford-Heyns, and Leon Schelhase.
There is a recommended donation of $20, however any amount helps bring stellar performers, like Bryan, into our space. Thank you!