Daniel Segner on knowing your instrument well, being really good at one thing and becoming an advocate for organ art
Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #103!
Today's guest is an American organist Daniel Segner, Director of Music at St. Mark's Episcopal Church Glen Ellyn, IL.
Daniel is a graduate of Valparaiso University where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Church Music and Organ Performance. Most recently, he served as Principal Organist for First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple in Chicago, Organist and Cantor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Downers Grove, and Interim Cantor and Organist at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lincolnwood. Previously, he served as the Director of Music at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chesterton, IN. Daniel currently teaches piano, organ, and voice.
Including his work as a capable accompanist, some of his notable past performances have included the opening recital for the Pipe Organ Encounter hosted by the American Guild of Organists, guest artist for Paul Manz Organ Recital Series, and recitalist for the organ rededication service at Augustana Lutheran Church in Hobart, IN. Collaborations have included performances with Chorus Angelorum, Civitas (Chicago Symphony Orchestra chamber group), and with the Valparaiso University Symphony and LaPorte Symphony Orchestras. In 2015, he performed alongside the Valparaiso University Chorale in their summer tour of Germany where he played in Luebeck, Jueterbog, and Leipzig. While at Valparaiso University, he received the Ronald G. Reidenbach Prize in Church Music and the Signature Artist Award. He is an active member of the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors of America, and the Organ Historical Society.
In this conversation Daniel shares his insights about knowing your instrument, being really good at one thing and becoming an advocate for organ art.
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