Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #46!
Today's guest is Tom Trenney, an American organist who is known for his engaging improvisations on hymns, submitted themes, silent films, scripture, poetry, and artwork, Tom became the first organist to be awarded First Prize and Audience Prize in the American Guild of Organists’ (AGO) National Competition in Organ Improvisation in 2006.
Tom shares his passion as pastoral musician, performer, and teacher both in worship at First-Plymouth and in recitals, hymn festivals, choral and organ workshops, and master classes all around the country.
Represented by Karen McFarlane Artists Concert Management (www.concertorganists.com), Tom has been featured at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, National Pastoral Musicians, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and the Calvin Institute of Worship.
In this conversation, we talk about why some organists are afraid of improvising on the organ and what you can do to reduce this fear and anxiety.
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Tom Trenney AGO Improvisation Workshop 2012 Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Tom Trenney at Concert Organists
First-Plymouth church in Lincoln, Nebraska