Organist Claudia Dumschat plays a program of three of the best known organ composers of the high baroque: Johann Sebastian Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude and Nicolas Bruhns, on the von Beckerath organ of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 99th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. The program contrasts and compares the writing of the three composers in similar genres and styles.a
Claudia Dumschat is Organist and Choirmaster at Church of the Transfiguration, a national landmark also known as “The Little Church Around The Corner,” in Manhattan. The church hosts an active concert series and a professional choir of men and boys, the oldest such choir not affiliated with a school in the city. She is also Co-Artistic Director and Conductor of neXus Arts, which combines classical music with dance, poetry, and the visual arts.
She was awarded the B.M., M.M. and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. While there she was twice awarded the Claire Coci Award for Excellence in Organ Performance. Her teachers included Fred Swann, John Walker, McNeil Robinson, Alec Wyton, and Dennis Keene, with whom she studied both organ and conducting. She has been an organist/choir director continuously since the age of 12, when she became the Music Director of her hometown church in Livingston, New Jersey.
Dr. Dumschat has worked for a number of churches in Manhattan. She was Associate Organist at St. James Episcopal Church, an Organ Fellow at Christ and St. Stephens Episcopal Church, and for seven years she worked at two neighboring churches: Broadway United Church of Christ and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, where she was Artistic Director of the One Hundredth Street Concert Association (OSCA). She was also Conductor of the Cornerstone Chorale and Associate Organist at Columbia University.
Dr. Dumschat has performed extensively in New York and throughout the USA and Europe. The New York Times described one of her live performances as “brilliantly assertive.”
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http://www.bach-cantatas.com/NonVocal/Organ-Var-Dumschat.htm The sound of the von Beckerath Organ is exceptional; it’s rich, well delineates the individual lines, and is flat-out gorgeous. At the same time, it is a powerful instrument which Dumschat takes full advantage of with outstanding results. ... As it is, I consider the recording an essential element in the library of baroque organ enthusiasts. - Donald Satz