Presenters of Organ Concerts at St. John's

1979

James Moeser, Dean of the School of Fine Arts, University of Kansas, Lawrence

1980

Walter L. Pelz, Organist, Bethany Lutheran College, Lindsborg, Kansas (hymn festival)

1981

Marianne Webb, Professor of Music and Organist, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

Eileen Morris Guenther, Organ, Minister of Music, Foundry United Methodist Church, Washington D.C., and faculty member of  The George Washington University; and her husband Roy James Guenther, Trombone, Chairman of the Department of Music, The George Washington University.

Myles Criss, Organist and Choirmaster, Grace Episcopal Cathedral, Topeka, Kansas

1982

Roger Goetz, Pastor and Kantor, St. John's Lutheran Church, Topeka, Kansas

Cheryl Markgraf, Cellist, and Nancy Zacho, Organist, both of St. Paul, Minnesota

Mary Ellen Sutton, Professor of Organ and Harpsichord, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

1983

Brett Wolgast, student of Mary Ellen Sutton and also winner of the Topeka Chapter, Regional, and National organ playing competitions of the American Guild of Organists

James Higdon, Director of the Division of Organ and Church Music, School of Fine Arts, University of Kansas, and Director of Music, Hope Lutheran Church, Shawnee, Kansas

1984

Louis Robilliard. Professor of Organ in France

Gretchen J. Wachs, a member of St. John's and recent graduate of Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska

Kenneth Hart, Chair, Division of Fine Arts, Emporia State University, and his wife Ellen Hart, Organist-Choirmaster at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Emporia, Kansas

1985

Susan Hicks, Oboe, faculty member, University of Kansas, and Susan Marchant, Organ, faculty member, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. Concert presented by the Topeka Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Eileen Morris Guenther, Organ, Minister of Music, Foundry United Methodist Church, Washington D.C., and faculty member of The George Washington University; and her husband Roy James Guenther, Trombone, Chairman of the Deparment of Music, The George Washington University.

Roger Goetz, Pastor and Kantor, and the Kantorei of St. John's Lutheran Church, Topeka, Kansas (hymn festival)

1988

Myles Criss, Organist and Choirmaster, Grace Episcopal Cathedral, Topeka, Kansas (celebrating the completion of the church remodeling)

1989

Marianne Webb, Professor of Music and Organist, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, llinois (celebrating the tenth anniversary of the organ)

1991

Walter L. Pelz, Organist, Bethany Lutheran College, Lindsborg, Kansas (hymn festival)

1993

Haesi H. Fanizzo, Director of Music, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Wisconsin

Organfest presented by the Lutheran Fine Arts Council of Topeka, featuring local organists, Donna Eakins, Wanda Lyon, Linda Laird (with Ann Mah, violin), Roger Goetz, and Jerry Anderson

1994

Roger Goetz, Pastor and Kantor, St. John's Lutheran Church, Topeka, Kansas (concert in memory of John Rotz, organist of St. John's from 1976 to 1986).

1999

Marianne Webb, Professor of Music and Organist, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois (celebrating the 125th anniversary of the congregation)

2000

Walter L. Pelz, retired organist, Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas (a festival of music for organ, choir, and congregation as the final event celebrating the 125th anniversary of the congregation)

2002

Hymn Festival presented by the Topeka Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, featuring organists, Sharon L. Hettinger, Norma Pettijohn, John Salveson, Roger Goetz, Jerry K. Anderson, Mary Ellen Sutton, and Dina P. Evans

Myles Criss, retired organist, Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, Corvalis, Oregon

2003

Professor Dr. Mary Ellen Sutton and her students at Kansas State University: Edward Larson, Kim Rogers, Ya-Ling Kao, Kristin Conard, Janci Ablard, and Karen Pesaresi Penner presented by the Topeka Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

2004

Roger Goetz, Pastor and Kantor, and the Kantorei of St. John's Lutheran Church, Topeka, Kansas (hymn festival presented by the Topeka Chapter of the American Guild of Organists)

2008

Dr. Stephen Hamilton, Minister of Music and Organist, The Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal), New York, New York (jointly sponsored by St. John's Lutheran Church and the Topeka Chapter of the American Guild of Organists)   Read Article . . .   Concert Program and Review

2009

Harpsicord and Organ Concert by Nicholas Good      Concert Details