Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #130!
Today's guest is an American organist Randall Krum. He was born in Albany, New York and grew up in the nearby village of Ephratah where he studied piano and organ with local teachers. During high school he began focused organ studies with area organist, Dr. Elmer A. Tidmarsh, a onetime student of Charles-Marie Widor and a longtime friend of Marcel Dupré.
Following graduation from high school and in preparation to audition for admission into college organ study, he studied with Willard Irving Nevins at the Guilmant Organ School in New York City. Subsequently he was accepted at the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD, where he studied with Professors Clarence Snyder, Arthur Rhea and Arthur Howes completing both the Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in organ and liturgical music.
Mr. Krum has been organist at a number of churches in the eastern United States, notably St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD, Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Bennington, VT, and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Bennington, VT. Currently, Mr. Krum is organist-choirmaster of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lake Mary, Florida.
In 1987, Mr. Krum was an American delegate to the International Congress of Organists in Cambridge, England, where he participated in a variety of organ and choral workshops. In Summer, 1993, he studied in Paris with organist Jacques Taddei and participated in workshops with Henri Houbart, Philippe Lefebvre, and Mme. Marie-Louise Langlais. In Summer, 2005, he attended the Royal School of Church Music International Summer School at St. John University, York, England, where he took part in courses and workshops led by John Rutter, John Bell, Alistair Warwick and other RSCM faculty. Additionally, he participated with all International Summer School students in singing daily Mattins and Evensong at Yorkminster.
Mr. Krum has presented recitals at the Episcopal Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, NY, the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, Burlington, VT, and for the Centennial Celebration of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Bennington, VT in 2007. His organ-related activities include membership in the American Guild of Organists where he is webmaster for the Central Florida Chapter and a member of the Executive Committee.
In this conversation Randall shares his insights about how to keep being alive and interested in music as one ages.
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