Mark Laubach plays the Berghaus organ of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania USA
A native of Easton, Pennsylvania and graduate of Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music, Mark Laubach has studied organ with Earl Bryan Seip, J. Clinton Miller, George Markey, Donald McDonald, and David Craighead. In 1985 he received a Fellowship in Church Music from Washington National Cathedral after serving one year as an apprentice to Richard Wayne Dirksen and Douglas Major.
The first prize winner in the 1984 American Guild of Organists’ (AGO) National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, Mark Laubach has earned respect throughout the USA and abroad for his consummate skills as a concert organist, accompanist, and service player. He has performed in notable concert venues in the USA (including the Riverside Church in New York City, the Cadet Chapel at West Point Military Academy, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove CA, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and the Methuen Memorial Music Hall) and in Great Britain (including Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and King’s College Chapel in Cambridge). Mr. Laubach has also performed and lectured for national and regional gatherings of the AGO and the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM).
Mr. Laubach’s two previous Pro Organo compact discs (Teutonic Titanics and Frenchfest) were both hailed by critics in the USA, Canada, and Great Britain.Since 1986, Mark Laubach has served as Organist and Choirmaster at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Bethlehem. He also maintains a very busy schedule of private teaching, and serves on the music faculties of Marywood University in Scranton and Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre. He has been a faculty member for Pipe Organ Encounters sponsored by the AGO and as an adjudicator for numerous organ competitions. He often presents master classes, hymn festivals, and workshops for AGO chapters and churches.
Mr. Laubach is a member of the Commission on Liturgy and Music for the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, a past regional chairman of AAM, currently serves as Sub-Dean of the Pennsylvania Northeast Chapter of the AGO, and is an affiliated member of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) in America and the Choristers’ Guild.
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Journal of the Anglican Association of Musicians “Indeed, his playing throughout is of the highest order with respect to technique, rhythm, sense of sound, and interpretive understanding. ... Frederick Hohman's production and engineering, always reliable, are especially fine in this recording, effectively capturing the full dynamic range. ... This is an absolultely first-rate recording.” - Victor Hill