Karen McFarlane Artists announces the addition of Martin Baker and Jens Korndörfer to its roster of concert organists

Karen McFarlane Artists announces the addition of two artists to its roster of concert organists.

Distinguished choral conductor and concert organist Martin Baker is Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral in London, England where he directs the Cathedral’s world-famous choir of men and boys.  Under his direction the choir has maintained its high profile both in the Roman Catholic Church and in the musical world in general and remains the only Catholic Cathedral choir in the world to sing daily Mass and Vespers.  The choir also records regularly on the Hyperion label, and frequently tours the world. Recent trips have included the USA, Hungary, Germany, Belgium, Norway and Italy.  A virtuoso concert organist particularly gifted in the art of improvisation, Martin Baker was the First Prize winner in Improvisation at the St. Albans International Organ Competition (1997), and has performed solo recitals in prestigious venues around the world.  Recent feature events include a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast of a solo organ recital from Westminster Cathedral, and a solo organ recital as part of the festival re-opening season at the Royal Festival Hall in London on the newly-restored organ there.  Prior to his post at Westminster Cathedral, Mr. Baker held positions at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

German-born concert organist Dr. Jens Korndörfer has spent the last eleven years in France, Japan, the United States and Canada.  His multinational experience has enabled him to become intimately familiar with a wide range of different cultures, instruments and musical styles, allowing him to be equally at home in a wide variety of repertoire.  A triple prize winner at the Canadian International Organ Competition (2008 and 2012), Dr. Korndörfer holds diplomas from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, France (Diploma in Organ-Interpretation, class of O. Latry and M. Bouvard), the Oberlin Conservatory (Artist Diploma, J.D.Christie), the Musikhochschule in Bayreuth (Church Music Diploma, Organ with H. Leuschner, Piano with M. Wessel) and McGill University in Montreal (Doctor of Music, H.O. Ericsson.  He has performed at many prestigious venues in England, France, Germany, Russia, Japan, China, and the U.S.A, and has released two compact disc recordings.  Dr. Korndörfer currently serves as Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA.


We mourn the death of Clyde Holloway

We were informed today of the very sad news that Clyde Holloway passed away this week at his home in Houston TX.  With his passing we say goodbye to a longtime friend, concert artist and distinguished teacher, who leaves behind an amazing legacy through his performances and recordings, but most especially through his students and his distinguished work at Rice University where he built the organ program and inspired so many.

Clyde Holloway

Clyde Holloway


Nathan Laube appointed Assistant Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music

January 15, 2013 – The Eastman School of Music, Rochester New York, announced today the hiring of Nathan Laube as Assistant Professor of Organ (part-time) beginning fall semester, 2013.   The press release issued by the Eastman School can be seen at the following link:

Needless to say, all of us at Karen McFarlane Artists are thrilled for Nathan and for the Eastman School, and we celebrate this news.

We mourn the death of Dr. David Craighead

We regret to share the sad news that Dr. David Craighead passed away peacefully on Monday March 26, 2012 in Rochester New York at the age of 88.  

A towering figure in the music world and a beloved teacher and mentor to many, Dr. Craighead was head of the organ department at the Eastman School of Music for 37 years and served as Organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester NY for 48 years.  Dr. Craighead joined our roster of organists (then Concert Management Bernard R. LaBerge) in 1944 and remained with us for 59 years until 2003.

A memorial service for Dr. Craighead was held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester New York, on Saturday March 31, 2012 at 10:00am.  Donations can be made to the Fay Stinson Craighead Memorial Scholarship Office of Gift and Donor Services, University of Rochester, P.O. Box 270032, Rochester, NY 14627.

We mourn the death of Dr. Gerre Hancock

It is with deepest sadness that we announce and mourn the passing of our dear friend, colleague, and mentor, Dr. Gerre Hancock, who died peacefully on Saturday January 21, 2012 in Austin Texas.  A wonedrful and uplifting memorial service for Dr. Hancock was held at Saint Thomas Church in New York City on Saturday February 4, 2012 at 11:00am.  See the Saint Thomas Church web site for more details.