Organist and conductor Brenda Lynne Leach makes her debut solo organ CD on the Berghaus organ at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, with a varied program ranging from the baroque to the contemporary. Her all-European program features two new miniature works by Zsolt Gárdonyi (Hungary) and Fredrik Sixten (Sweden). The program also includes a newly-discovered, recently-published organ chorale prelude, by Johann Sebastian Bach.
BRENDA LYNNE LEACH is a Concert Organist and Conductor who has performed throughout the USA, Europe, Israel, and Russia. She has appeared as an organ recitalist in world-renown venues including Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Westminster Cathedral in London, Moscow Cathedral in Russia, as well as in the USA, with concerts at the Washington National Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, Harvard University, Columbia University, and at national and regional AGO conventions. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras, including the Detroit Symphony. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music where she studied organ with David Craighead. Brenda Leach has won numerous competitions and prizes in Paris including the Premier Prix de Virtuosité and the Premier Prix d’Excellence avec Félicitations from the Conservatoire de Rueil-Malmaison where she studied with Marie-Claire Alain. While in Paris, she also studied organ with Daniel Roth at St. Sulpice.
Also a conductor, Brenda Lynne Leach has conducted many outstanding professional orchestras from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC to the Grand Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. Among her conducting credits are acclaimed performances with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Boys Choir, and the Boston Chamber Orchestra. She studied orchestral conducting with Neeme Jarvi and with Alexander Polishchuk at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. Brenda Leach served on the faculty at Harvard University for 14 years where she was also a conductor and organist.
Currently she is a Music Professor at Towson University in Maryland and maintains a busy performing career as both concert organist and conductor.