Called “a rising star definitely worth watching” (Michael Barone, Pipedreams) and “unusually able and sensitive” (The American Organist), Adam Pajan is Instructor of Organ and Shop Technician at the University of Oklahoma’s American Organ Institute, where he teaches students in organ performance, church music, and organ technology. He received his DMA in 2014 under John Schwandt at the University of Oklahoma following studies at Furman University and Yale University, earning the BM and MM degrees under the tutelage of Charles Tompkins, Martin Jean, and Thomas Murray respectively.
Adam's performing career has taken him across the United States and to Germany three times, playing in the great cathedrals of Mainz, Magdeburg, Fulda, and Altenberg and other historical churches. He will return in July 2018 for a subsequent tour including performances at the Pauluskirche in Ulm, Altenberger Dom, and the Dutch Church in Hanau. His first CD recording will be released early in 2018 by the Raven label (www.RavenCD.com) and will feature the Kegg pipe organ of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Canton, Ohio.
Dr. Pajan has been recognized as the first prize recipient in four national competitions (Schweitzer, Poister, Mader, and West Chester) and received the Firmin Swinnen Second Prize in the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in 2013. Adam’s accomplishments were recognized in being named one of The Diapason’s “20 Under 30” of 2016, an award established to acknowledge individuals who are “setting the pace for the future of the pipe organ, harpsichord, carillon, and church music.” His playing has been heard at conventions of the American Institute of Organbuilders, Organ Historical Society, and the American Guild of Organists. An enthusiastic church musician, he serves as Director of Music at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Norman, Oklahoma and is in his third season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Oklahoma Master Chorale. For more information regarding performances and recordings, please visit www.AdamPajan.com.