Clara Gerdes: September 14, 2018


Clara Gerdes from Davidson, North Carolina is a fifth-year student at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia where she studies with Alan Morrison. She received first prizes in the Albert Schweitzer, AGO-Quimby Mid-Atlantic Regional and University of North Carolina School of the Arts organ competitions. She was the recipient of the first annual AGO Pogorzelski-Yankee scholarship.

Ms. Gerdes has performed on both coasts including at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York, Washington National Cathedral and at Spoleto, the Oregon Bach Festival, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, and most recent the Uncommon Music Festival in Sitka, Alaska.

Clara serves as organ scholar at Philadelphia’s Saint Marks’s Church, Locust Street and has been on the faculties of Curtis Summerfest and the 2018 Philadelphia Pipe Organ Encounter. She also enjoys composing, transcribing and playing chamber music on the piano and harpsichord. She is a Curtis resident assistant.

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Carnival Overture, Opus 92, B.169: Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904). Transcribed by Edwin H. Lemare (1865-1934)

Fantasy Chorale in D-flat Major: Percy Whitlock 1903-1946)

Pastorale and Toccata: David Conte (b. 1955)

Le Tombeau de Couperin: Forlane, Rigaudon: Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Transcrbied by Clara Gerdes (b. 1996)

Aria, Opus 52: Flor Peeters (1903-1986)

Gershwinesca: Naji Hakim (b. 1955)