Anne Laver in concert, Friday April 8th, 8pm: Color and Variation in 17th-Century North German Organ Art

Concert artist Anne Laver, prizewinner at the prestigious American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artist Competition, and University Organist at Syracuse University, joins us this Friday evening for a recital on the Anabel Taylor organ that celebrates that instrument’s beauty, complexity and wealth of colors. In music by the great masters of 17th-century Northern Europe, Laver will demonstrate the organists’ art of registration, choosing individual stops with their particular timbres, for the endlessly-changing sets of variations on well-known tunes. At the same time, her recital of music by Buxtehude, B?hm, Sweelinck, Scheidemann and Weckmann will display the versatility and power of Cornell’s glorious baroque organ.

Anne Laver performs frequently in the United States and Europe, and has been a featured recitalist and clinician at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the Society for Seventeenth Century Music, and the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative Festival. In 2010, she was awarded second prize in the prestigious American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP).

As Assistant Professor and University Organist at Syracuse she teaches organ lessons and classes, coaches the Baroque Chamber Ensemble with Voice Professor Janet Brown, serves as artistic director for the Malmgren Concert Series, accompanies the Hendricks Chapel Choir, and plays for the Methodist Ecumenical chapel services and special university events. Prior to her appointment at Syracuse, Anne served as Instructor of Healthy Keyboard Technique and Organ Repertoire, and Coordinator of Organ Outreach Programs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She has over twelve years of experience in church music, leading volunteer and professional choir programs in a variety of parishes in New York, Wisconsin, and The Netherlands.

Anne Laver studied organ with Mark Steinbach as an undergraduate student at Brown University, and spent a year in The Netherlands studying with Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. While pursuing masters and doctoral degrees at the Eastman School of Music, she studied with Hans Davidsson, William Porter, and David Higgs.