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Mailbag: “How I can find a teacher?”

October 27, 2006

Dear Michael,
I am 17 and over the past year and a half have become very interested in organs and organ music. I am currently taking piano lessons and would like to learn how to play the organ.

Do you have any suggestions on how I can find a teacher?

Gregory Levantino
Fair Haven, NJ

Dear Gregory,

Bravo on your interest in the pipe organ. Do keep up your piano studies, as superb piano technique will serve you well in some of the more challenging 19th and 20th century organ works.

The first move would be to talk to your piano teacher, then your church organist (if you are a church-goer). Then, I suggest that you log onto the American Guild of Organists website… http://www.agohq.org/home.html …and click on “Regions and Chapters” and find some contacts with addresses in your area.

Also, contact Ken Cowan at Westminster Choir College in Princeton…his students there may be available to teach you. Mark Trautman at Christ Church Episcopal in New Brunswick, and Antonius Bittman at Rutgers’Mason Gross School of the Arts would be additional good contacts.

Good luck!



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