Concert organist Bruce Neswick, Canon for Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, will present a masterclass for the Tacoma chapter on the Fritts organ Op 8 in Kilworth chapel at University of Puget Sound. AGO members are invited to sign up to present either a prepared piece or an improvisation (free or hymn-based). Mr Neswick will also perform and improvise to open and close our program.
Bruce Neswick is Canon for Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon. Prior to this appointment he was the Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, where he directed the choirs and had oversight of the musical life of that historic Cathedral.
Mr. Neswick holds the Fellowship degree from the Royal School of Church Music, for whom he has conducted numerous courses for boy and girl choristers. He has served on the faculties of and performed for several church music conferences, including the Association of Anglican Musicians, Westminster Choir College Summer Session, the Sewanee Church Music Conference, and others. 2016-17 recital engagements will take him to Seattle, Vancouver, Silver Spring (MD), Sacramento, and Detroit. He was a featured recitalist at the national AGO conventions in Washington, DC (2010) and Boston (2014).
A celebrated composer of organ and choral music, Mr. Neswick’s music is published by Paraclete, Augsburg- Fortress, Selah, Vivace, Hope, Plymouth, and St. James’; presses. Mr. Neswick’s skill at improvisation garnered him three first prizes from the 1989 San Anselmo Organ Festival; the 1990 American Guild of Organists national convention in Boston; and the 1992 Rochette Concours at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland.
He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, the Yale School of Music, and Institute of Sacred Music. His teachers include Robert Baker, David Dahl, Gerre Hancock, Margaret Irwin-Brandon, and Lionel Rogg. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2016 by the University of the South, Sewanee, TN.
Bruce Neswick is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.