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Jens Korndörfer appointed associate professor of organ at Baylor University from August 2023

Jun 8, 2023

Korndorfer

Jens Korndörfer leads a busy career as performer, educator, and church musician; he has performed to critical acclaim at prestigious venues and festivals such as Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, the Montreal Bach Festival, the Cathedrals in Washington, Berlin, Paris, Salzburg, Oslo, and Moscow, Westminster Abbey in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Cultural Centre in Hong Kong. Korndörfer’s repertoire reaches from the Renaissance to the 21st century, including transcriptions, commissions, and world premieres. He frequently collaborates with other musicians, has performed with orchestras, and recorded five CDs.

Korndörfer successfully rebuilt the organ program at Georgia State University, where he taught applied organ and service playing/improvisation and organized internships for graduate students at local churches. He is frequently invited as guest speaker and clinician, and has given master classes and presentations for AGO chapters, at conventions, universities, and concert halls.

As Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, GA, Korndörfer oversaw a thriving music and arts ministry. Highlights of his 11year tenure include the renovation of the sanctuary organ (Klais/Schlueter, IV/112), frequent collaborations with major cultural players such as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the introduction of programs that raise awareness for minorities in the classical arts.

A top-honours graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, the Oberlin Conservatory, the Musikhochschule in Bayreuth, and McGill University in Montreal, Korndörfer’s teachers include Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, James David Christie, and Ludger Lohmann.

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