Wendy Nieuwenhuis
Saturday Nov. 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m. (NEW DATE)
First Presbyterian Church
10025 – 105 Street.

$25 Adults; $15 Seniors/Students


Wendy Nieuwenhuis is an organist, teacher and collaborative musician based in Edmonton.  She holds a Masters of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Alberta as well as a Bachelor of Music and Church Music Diploma from The King’s University.  Her teachers have included Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht, Dr. Joachim Segger and Dr. Jacobus Kloppers.  She has also studied abroad with Canadian organist Craig Humber in Vienna, Austria.

Wendy has performed as a soloist throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan and frequently collaborates with instrumentalists and churches to perform a number of recitals throughout the year. She has appeared as an organ adjudicator and is involved with the local chapter of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, where she is committed to helping promote the organ.  In addition, Wendy is a busy music educator in Edmonton where she has a full studio of private piano students, is a sessional music instructor at The King’s University and is the music director and organist at Highlands United Church.

Isabelle Demers
Sunday, February 4, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
Winspear Centre for Music

$30 Adults; $25 Seniors/Students


With playing described as having “bracing virtuosity” (Chicago Classical Review), Isabelle Demers has enraptured listeners around the globe for her spell-binding performances. A native of Quebec and a graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Demers is Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Texas. She is in continual demand with numerous invitations to perform at conventions by the American Guild of organists and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Her critically acclaimed recordings on the Acis and the ProOrgano labels have been heralded as “expressive … profound and searching” (RSCM’s Church Music Quarterly) and they, along with her live performances, have been featured on American Public Media’s PipeDreams and BBC Radio 3.

Ms. Demer’s virtuosic program will include original works and transcriptions that will appeal to all ages and interests while showcasing the kaleidoscopic colours of the Davis Concert Organ.

Neil Cockburn
Friday April 13, 7:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 10031 109 St Edmonton


International prize-winning organist Neil Cockburn is Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (Anglican) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Celebrated for his diverse repertoire interests and expertise, he performs an all-encompassing spectrum of solo organ recitals on a wide range of instrument types, from all-Bach recitals on historically inspired organs, to symphonic programmes on romantic instruments, and concerts of entirely new works. His most recent solo recording is of the Mass on the Sixth Tone with three Magnificat Suites by the seventeenth-century French composer, André Raison.

Born in Scotland, Neil Cockburn’s musical education was at Oxford University (BA Hons, Music), the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK (MusM, Organ Performance, and the Professional Performance Diploma, PPRNCM), the Conservatoire National de Région Rueil-Malmaison, France (Premier prix de perfectionnement), and the University of Calgary (PhD, Musicology). His formative teachers and mentors include David Sanger, Margaret Phillips, and Dame Gillian Weir. He won First Prize at the 1996 Dublin International Organ Competition, and has received numerous other prestigious awards, including the W. T. Best Memorial Organ Scholarship (UK), a scholarship from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust (UK), and the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Prize — awarded by an international panel of judges.

From 2000-2015 he was Head of Organ Studies at Mount Royal Conservatory, where he worked alongside Simon Preston on the International Summer School (2000-2009), and was Artistic Director of the Calgary Organ Festival (2010-2015). He was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award (Credit Free) by Mount Royal University in June 2014.

As a harpsichord and continuo player he performs regularly with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. With theorists Victor Coelho and David Dolata and the group “Il Furioso,” he performed harpsichord continuo on two recordings of early seventeenth-century Italian repertoire for the Toccata Classics label: recordings of the music of G.G. Kapsberger and B. Castaldi.

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