David Pickering: February 26, 2010


Active recitalist, recording artist, scholar and author David Pickering is Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Keyboard Division at Kansas State University. His students have excelled in competitions and as church organists in a variety of denominational settings.  His career as a performer has carried him across the United States as well as to Austria, Canada, and Germany.  He has appeared in concert in cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, New York City, Omaha, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, Vienna (Austria), and Washington, D.C. 

Pickering’s three solo recordings have focused on the organ music of Daniel E. Gawthrop, Alice Jordan, and Leroy Robertson. His scholarly works are published by the Organ Historical Society Press (The Auditorium Organ) and Wayne Leupold Editions (Leroy Robertson Organ Works), and articles and reviews appear in The American Organist and The Diapason.  A proponent for new music, Pickering has premiered new works by Daniel E. Gawthrop and Tyler White. 

Pickering completed his degrees from the University of Kansas and Brigham Young University in organ performance and musicology.  His teachers include Parley Belnap, James Higdon, J.J. Keeler, and Arlene Small.  

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Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685,-1750)

Pièce Héroïque from Trois Pieces (1878): César Franck ( 1822-1890)

Sonate I (1937): Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)

Mäßig schnell: lebhaft
Sehr langsam
Phantasie, frei
Ruhig bewegt

0 Jerusalem-A Symphony for Organ: Daniel E. Gawthrop (b. 1949)

I. Allegro
"For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire:" (Isaiah 66: 15)

II. Largo
"For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river." (Isaiah 66: 12)

III. Giocoso
"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God." (Isaiah 61:10)

IV. Final
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." (Isaiah 60: 1)

*Dr. Pickering will conduct a workshop on the organ music of Leroy Robertson, Alice Jordan, and Daniel Gawthrop on stage at Doc Rando Hall the next day from 10:00 A.M. to noon.