Organ recital by Catherine Rodland

Catherine Rodland, Organist

Catherine Rodland, whose playing has been described as "transcendent" (The American Organist), is artist-in-residence at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She graduated cum laude with departmental distinction in organ performance from St. Olaf in 1987 and received both the MM and DMA from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she was a student of Russell Saunders. At Eastman, Rodland received the prestigious Performer's Certificate and the Ann Anway Award for excellence in organ performance.

She is a prizewinner in several competitions, including the 1994 and 1998 American Guild of Organists Young Artists Competition, the 1994 Calgary International Organ Competition, and the 1988 International Organ Competition at the University of Michigan, for which she received first prize. Rodland has concertized extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and has been featured often on the syndicated radio program “Pipedreams” on National Public Radio.

At St. Olaf, Rodland teaches a full studio of organ students as well as teaching music theory and ear training classes. She performs regularly at St. Olaf, recently dedicating the Holtkamp organ in Boe Memorial Chapel, and performing as a featured soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra and the St. Olaf Band. A specialist in Baroque and 20th century music, Rodland has presented masterclasses on Baroque performance practice and has been a regular part of the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival in Memphis, which features yearly premieres and performances of music of living performers. In 2010 she released two CDs: Dedication, on the newly installed Nichols and Simpson Organ at West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and American Weavings, recorded in Boe Chapel at St. Olaf College with violist and duo partner Carol Rodland and released by Crystal Records. The Rodland Duo is currently part of the Concert Artists Cooperative.


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