Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #54!
Today's guest is Jeremy David Tarrant, an internationally acclaimed concert organist and church musician from Detroit, Michigan. In performances that are consistently hailed as elegant, communicative, and powerfully artistic, Mr. Tarrant is increasingly recognized as one of the finest organists of his generation.
Since 2000, Jeremy has served as Organist and Choirmaster of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in
A student of the American organist and pedagogue Robert Glasgow, Jeremy David Tarrant is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music where he earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance and sacred music. His other instructors include Betty R. Pursley, Corliss Arnold, and James Kibbie. He has had additional coaching with Lynne Davis.
The recipient of numerous awards and honors, he was awarded First Prize in the Ottumwa National Organ Competition in 1997 and Second Prize in the Arthur Poister National Competition in 1998. Mr. Tarrant has also been a finalist in the American Guild of Organists Regional Competitions.
Mr. Tarrant is in frequent demand as a teacher and clinician, and regularly serves on the faculties of the Royal School of Church Music summer courses as well as the American Guild of Organists summer Pipe Organ Encounters.
An active concert organist, Jeremy has performed widely in North America in such venues as the Washington National Cathedral; St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue; St. James Cathedral, Toronto; St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York; and Chicago’s famed Fourth Presbyterian Church. He frequently appears with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and has performed in regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists. In 2008, Mr. Tarrant made his European solo debut with a recital in the Cathedrale de St. Etienne in Meaux, France, and in 2011 he played the closing recital of International Organ Week in Dijon, France. In 2012, he was a featured artist in the Pine Mountain Music Festival, presenting three solo recitals in Michigan’s upper peninsula.
In July, 2014 Jeremy conducted the Cathedral Choir during their tour of England where they were in residency at Chichester Cathedral. This tour also included concerts and services in Canterbury and Southwark Cathedrals.
In this conversation, we talk about his experience with organ registration, adapting to large instruments, working with choirs, the importance of playing the piano and working on ear training for organists.
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Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit, Michigan
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