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INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES

Damin Spritzer

Sunday, January 15, 2023 | 6:00 PM

Dr. Damin Spritzer is Area Chair and Associate Professor of Organ at the University of Oklahoma and continues to work with the Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew in Dallas as Artist-in-Residence for Cathedral Arts. Formerly Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas teaching Organ Literature and Sacred Music, she is active in the Dallas and Oklahoma City Chapters of the American Guild of Organists and serves on committees for the Organ Historical Society, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and Organlive Media Foundation. She received her doctorate from the University of North Texas, her Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. 

She has performed at historic churches and instruments including the Nicolaikirche in Leipzig, Germany; Sainte-Croix in Orléans, France; Igreja Nossa Senhora de Fátima and Paróquia Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagemin in Sao Paolo, Brazil; the La Verna Festival in Italy; performances with the Terra Sancta Festival in Israel; Wells Cathedral in England; and the Arctic Cathedral in Norway. She has been honored to contribute to convention performances and lectures for the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, and the Anglican Association of Musicians. 

Spritzer’s acclaimed fifth CD for Raven Recordings was recorded in England where she was the first American and the first woman to record at historic Hereford Cathedral on the landmark Fr. Willis organ. It received five stars from Organists Review, which said, “Damin Spritzer’s performance is spellbinding – and her wide-ranging program notes are fascinating….on so many levels this CD impresses as a serious undertaking.”

Alsatian-American composer René Louis Becker (1882-1956) was the topic of her doctoral research. Spritzer’s first two discs for Raven Recordings are world premier recordings of Becker’s music performed in France, the first recorded in Pithiviers on the renovated Cavaillé-Coll organ of Saint-Salomon-Saint-Gregoire. Choir & Organ magazine gave it five stars, writing, “Damin Spritzer serves both instrument and music well, alert to the music’s lyrical mien and harmonic muscle, negotiating the III/49 machine with an easy command of drama and a real feeling for Becker’s melody-led, cleanly-executed music…A second volume is eagerly awaited.” 

Her second volume of Becker was recorded in Orléans, France at the Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans, receiving four stars from Choir & Organ: “This second installment in Damin Spritzer’s enterprising rehabilitation of the prolific but largely-unknown [Becker] comes…three years after the first volume. Happily, it’s been worth the wait.” Her third volume of Becker was recorded on the historic Kimball organ of St. John’s Cathedral and received a four star review from Choir & Organ magazine and a glowing review from the American Record Guide. Her fourth recording, “Fantasia,” was a collaborative project with Dr. Donald Pinson, trombone, recorded in Texas at St. Monica Catholic church in Dallas. Future recording projects are planned in England, France, and the United States. 

Damin Spritzer is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.