Wilma Jensen plays Sketches and Improvisations in the French Tradition, from Alexander Russell, Philip James, Louis Vierne and Charles Tournemire on the Casavant organ of St. George's Episcopal Church, Nashville, Tennessee.
Wilma Jensen is known as one of the most distinguished concert artists of her generation. Under the representation of Phyllis Stringham Concert Management, she has performed recitals and presented workshops and master classes throughout the United States. European tours have taken her to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, England, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium. She has been a featured artist at numerous regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.
Ms. Jensen earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she was a student of Catharine Crozier and Harold Gleason. During that time she received the highly coveted Performer’s Certificate in Organ.
Wilma Jensen has held teaching appointments at Oklahoma City University, Indiana University, Scarritt Graduate School, and Vanderbilt University. For nineteen years she was Organist-Choirmaster at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Nashville, where she oversaw the design and installation of Casavant Frères opus 3606. Upon her retirement from St. George’s Church, she was named Organist-Choirmaster Emerita. Recordings by Ms. Jensen and the St. George’s Choir appear on the Pro Organo label (www.zarex.com).
Sketches & Improvisations in the French Tradition Synopsis
Track 9: Beginning, Fantaisie-Improvisation sur '"Ave maris stella"
Digital Audio CD
St. George’s Episcopal Church, Nashville, Tennessee USA WEBSITE
John J. Uhl
Dr. James Mellichamp
8pp book, traycard, jewelbox
Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians ”This disc opens with the St. Lawrence Sketches of Alexander Russell (1880-1953) which, half a century ago, were a staple of the organ recital repertory... but have now largely been set aside. The music is essentially programmatic in content, but when played with sympathy and integrity, as Wilma does play them, they are well worth hearing. ... Wilma plays exquisitely. ... The playing is consistently idiomatic and fresh,and the sound is excellent.” - Victor Hill
The Living Church “Wilma Jensen’s latest recording captures the rhapsodic sound-world of early 20th-century organ masters, featuring works inspired by the ambience of French churches and their organs, of rich color and intense power. ... the 1986 Casavant organ is convincingly French-toned for the program at hand. Jensen revels in its coloristic opportunities... Jensen is one of our country’s finest recitalists. Her interpretations here are committed in character and faultless in execution.” - Jeffrey Smith