Saturday 6/2: Vierne 2012 in New York

This Saturday, Christopher Houlihan brings his Vierne 2012 project to New York City, performing all six of Louis Vierne’s organ symphonies at Church of the Ascension. At 3 PM he plays Symphonies No. 1, 3 and 5; and at 7:30 PM, Symphonies No. 2, 4 and 6.

Houlihan discusses his passion for Vierne over on the Lucid Culture blog.

Vierne 2012

JUNE 2nd
at 3PM and 7.30PM

The Church of the Ascension
36 Fifth Avenue at 10th Street

Ticket info here.

Tomorrow: Arndt plays Carey at Princeton Chapel (Live Broadcast)

Mander organ at Princeton Chapel

Tomorrow (Thursday, April 19) from 12:30-1PM, organist Joseph Arndt will be playing all three of my Spiritual Variations, as well as Alexandre Guilmant’s Sonata No. 4, at Princeton University Chapel. Admission is free.

Joe has been a staunch advocate for my work, commissioning all three of these pieces, as well as commissioning and performing choral works at Grace Church Newark, where he directs the music program. I’m very grateful: composers need more advocates like Joe!

If you can’t make the lunchtime concert, you can still hear the live broadcast, locally via 89.1 FM or online at

Free DL: “Alleluia, Ascendit Deus” (Soundcloud Demo)

Casavant Organ at Grace Church Newark

Here’s a Soundcloud demo of my latest choral piece, a motet setting of “Alleluiai, Ascendit Deus” (Psalm 47:5). Instead of those beastly MIDI ooh’s and ah’s, I’ve used a sample of an organ flute stop as the sound palette. Please feel free to download, share, embed, etc.

The piece will be premiered as part of the 175th Anniversary celebration of Grace Church Newark, a service commemorating the Feast of the Ascension (May 19,2012 at noon).

2/17: Joe Arndt plays Carey at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The Big Room

Excited for tomorrow. Organist Joe Arndt is performing a free recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Included on the program are two of my Spiritual Variations for organ. Joe’s also playing works by 19th Century organist-composer Alexandre Guilmant. The show is at 4:30 PM. Hope to see some of you there!

Gail Archer premieres new Hayes Biggs piece on Wednesday

In her recital at Columbia University on Wednesday, organist Gail Archer is premiering a new composition by Sequenza 21 friend Hayes Biggs. His Three Hymn Tune Preludes use stirring material for their inspiration: He Leadeth Me! O Blessed Thought, Be Thou My Vision, and Eternal Father, Strong to Save.

The recital is the first of Archer’s ”An American Idyll” programs that occur throughout the city during 2012. Their focus is American repertoire, including many neglected and under-performed pieces. Now that’s an “Idyll” we can all vote for!

An American Idyll

All Concerts are FREE and first come, first serve.
Wednesday, January 25@ 7:30pm
Location:  St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University.
117th St. & Amsterdam Ave.
Subway: take the 1 Train to Columbia University/Broadway (116th Street).

Program: Ascent (Joan Tower), He Leadeth me! O Blessed Tho’t!*, Be Thou My Vision, Eternal Father*, Strong
to Save* (Hayes Biggs), Wondrous Love (Samuel Barber), Praeludium super Pange Lingua (David Noon),
and Sonata for Organ (Vincent Persichetti)

For more info, call 212.854.0480 or visit