Due to the overwhelming and enthusiastic response to the 2006 recital by Juilliard organist, Paul Jacobs, the Hawaii Chapter has sponsored an Annual Organ Concert in the years since. The artists who have been featured have been Rising Stars who have gone on to stellar careers and have made their mark on the organ world.
Read Kathy Crosier’s blog: “A leap of faith” on the 2006 recital by Paul Jacobs.
Here is a list of all Annual Concert artists and where they are now: (A complete list of the repertoire played can be viewed here: Concert Programs)
2006 Paul Jacobs —The Juilliard School, Chairman of the Organ Department, one of the youngest faculty appointments in the history of the school.
2007 Chelsea Chen—Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL and Artist-in-Residence at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Manhattan, NY
2008 Paul Jacobs— (see above)
2009 Aaron David Miller —Director of Music and Organist at House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, MN, and forensic musicologist for Donato Music in Scarsdale, NY
2010 Christopher Houlihan—John Rose College Organist-and-Directorship Distinguished Chair of Chapel Music at Trinity College in Hartford, CT
2011 Isabelle Demers—Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University, Waco, TX
2012 Namhee Han—Organist at Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, CA
2013 Nathan Laube—Assistant Professor of Organ at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and International Consultant in Organ Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire,
2014 Michael Hey—Associate Director of Music and Organist at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC
2015 Hyunju Hwang —Principal Organist at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes Estates, CA, and Collaborative Artist at the University of Redlands, in Redlands, CA. Tsugumi Shikano, percussionist
2016 Gregory Zelek—Principal Organist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra (Wisconsin) and Curator of the Overture Concert Organ Series
2017 Joey Fala —Carillonneur at Duke Chapel, Duke University, Durham, NC and Music Director/Organist at University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, NC
2018 Yuri McCoy—Doctoral candidate at the Shepherd School of Music, Houston, TX and Associate Organist at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Houston, TX
2019 Adam Pajan—Director of Music at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, Instructor of Organ and Shop Technician at American Organ Institute of the University of Oklahoma, Conductor of the Oklahoma Master Chorale
2020 Monica Czausz—Organist and Coordinator for Music at King of Glory Lutheran Church and Concert Organist at Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.
2021 Katelyn Emerson
2022 Alcee Chriss