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Organist Douglas Cleveland to perform at Dordt College

September 26, 2013

Called “one of the finest artists in the United States” (MPR Pipedreams), a “keyboard wizard” (The Charleston Daily Mail), and “a stunning organist” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), Douglas Cleveland amazes audiences with his artistry and skill. Cleveland will perform at Dordt College on Friday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m.

The performance will be in the B.J. Haan Auditorium, showcasing the college’s magnificent 57-rank, three-manual mechanical action Casavant pipe organ.

Since winning first prize in the 1994 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition, Cleveland has remained a top, critically-acclaimed organist. He has performed in 49 states, Westminster Abbey, The Berlin Cathedral, Stockholm Cathedral, Moscow Conservatory, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne, Minato Mirai concert Hall in Yokohama, Japan, the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, and the Cathedral of Lausanne, Switzerland.

In addition to performing with several symphony orchestras and ensembles, Cleveland has recorded four CDs on the Gothic label that have received critical acclaim. His most recent CD is “Cleveland in Columbus.”

Cleveland studied at Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and Oxford University. He has served on the faculties of St. Olaf College and Northwestern University, where he received the Searle Award for Teaching Excellence. He currently serves on the organ faculty at the University of Washington School of Music and is the director of music at Plymouth Church in Seattle.

Cleveland is the first performer in the Joan Ringerwole Organ Series at Dordt College, a five-year series that will bring nationally-acclaimed organists to campus each year. This series is initiated and funded by Joan Ringerwole, Dordt College professor of music emerita.

Ringerwole is herself a distinguished organist. She holds a doctorate in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa, a master’s in music from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and her bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During her teaching career at Dordt College, beginning in 1967, she built a strong organ program that she continues to support through this organ series.

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