Nicholas Bergin (BM ’09, Organ) was recently named editor of The American Organist magazine, effective January 2022. Published monthly by the American Guild of Organists, TAO is the most widely read journal devoted to organ and choral music in the world. Before being promoted to editor, Bergin was a member of the magazine’s editorial and production staff, beginning in September 2018. In addition to this, he was the organist of First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, from 2012 to 2019. He has also worked as a collaborative pianist and adjunct instructor at Lipscomb University, as a collaborative pianist at Belmont University, and as a substitute organist with the Nashville Symphony.
Peabody organ students Wendy Johnston, Andrew Johnson, and Jordan Prescott have each earned professional certifications from the American Guild of Organists. Johnston received the Colleague certification (CAGO) in October 2020. Johnson and Prescott both received the Associateship certification (AAGO) in June 2021. Andrew Johnson is a student of Dr. Daniel Aune. Wendy Johnston and Jordan Prescott are students of Dr. John Walker.
David Kelley (DMA ’15, Organ) won second place in the Magnificat Choir Composition Commission Competition sponsored by Notre Dame University for “Meditabor” for unaccompanied women’s choir.
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Three Peabody organ students were featured prominently in the 43rd Annual Baltimore Bach Marathon held at St. David’s Episcopal Church. Second-year master’s student Jordan Prescott opened the marathon by pairing the Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 533 with the Andante of the E minor trio sonata, BWV 528. He followed this with the profound Lenten chorale O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß, BWV 622 and the great Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 546. GPD candidate Mi Zhou dazzled the audience with the Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 and the fiendishly virtuosic Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532. Later in the afternoon, GPD student Paul Byssainthe performed the Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543, three of the Schubler chorales and the sixth fugue on B-A-C-H by Robert Schumann. Jordan, Mi, and Paul are all students of Dr. John Walker. The concert took place on March 17.