Organ Summer in Hallgrímskirkja - Katelyn Emmersson, organ - USA

This program of francophone and anglophone composers is a celebration of heroes, musical and otherwise, that shows off the extraordinary colours of the stunning Klais organ of the breathtaking Hallgrímskirkja. The three Impromptus of English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor serve as frame and transitions between joyful, dancing works by Percy Whitlock, Horatio Parker, and Rachel Laurin, as well as the nostalgic, hopeful, and triumphant Requiscat in pace by Leo Sowerby, composed in honor of colleagues and friends who lost their lives during World War I. This heroism and the program itself culminate in Joseph Jongen's Sonata Eroïca, a virtuosic fantasy, variation set, and fugue that celebrates this instrument as well as the 150th anniversary of Jongen's birth.

Katelyn Emmersson, organ - USA
Organ summer in Hallgrímskirkja
Sunday July 9th at 17hrs
Tickets are available at the entrance and on
Admission ISK 3.500

Having “taken the organ world by storm” (The Diapason), Katelyn Emerson maintains a busy international concertizing and teaching schedule, presenting concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia that showcase repertoire spanning the 14 th —21 st centuries alongside masterclasses and lectures on organ interpretation, healthy practice techniques, and sacred music.
Katelyn is laureate of international organ competitions on three continents, including the American Guild of Organists’ (AGO) National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, Musashino International Organ Competition (Japan), International Organ Competition “Pierre de Manchicourt” (France), and Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ
Competition (Russia).
Recipient of a Studentship for MPhil/PhD studies at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Music and Science, Katelyn is based in both the USA and the UK. She holds a Master Orgel from the Musikhochschule Stuttgart (Germany), supported by a German Academic Exchange Scholarship (DAAD), double bachelors degrees in organ and French from Oberlin College (USA), and a Certificate in Ergonomics from Colorado State University (USA). She additionally studied en perfectionnement at the Conservatoire de Toulouse (France) through the aid of a J. William Fulbright Study/Research Grant. Katelyn has two CD recordings on the Pro Organo label.

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