Heather Hernandez: April 16, 2010


Heather Marie Hernandez is Director of Parish Music at Lutheran Church of the Master in Phoenix, Arizona and an Accompanist for the Phoenix Girls Chorus. She was the recipient of the 8th Annual Verna Ross Orndorff Career Performance Grant awarded by Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and the 3rd Annual Eva Christensen Fellowship from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She participated in the Third Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition in Kajiningrad, Russia in October 2003. She was Cathedral Organ Scholar at St. Cecilia's Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska from 2001-2004. Prior to that appointment, she was a student of Marie-Louise Langlais at the Conservatoire National de Région in Paris, France for two years. She was assistant organist at St. George's Anglican Church in Paris.

Ms. Hernandez earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in organ performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The topic of her dissertation was An Analysis of the Influence of Improvisation on Selected Chant-Based Organ Works of Naji Hatim. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in organ performance with a sacred music minor from Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas. She has studied organ with David Eaton, Quentin Faulkner, Sharon Hettinger, Marie-Louise Langlais, George Ritchie, and Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra.

In August 1999, she participated in the International Organ and Clavichord Improvisation Academy in Smarano, Italy. In March 2000, she was awarded 3rd prize at the 6th International Lorraine Organ Competition (superior division) in Freyming-Merlebach, France. In March 2001, she was awarded first prize at the 71st International U.F.A.M. organ competition (superior division) in Antony, France. She has ·performed in venues throughout the United States and Europe;

She is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.

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Celebration Fanfare: Stephen H. Best (b. 1946) from Three Festive Pieces, 2004

Andante in F Major, K. 616: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Praeludium a 5 Vocum in G Major: Matthias Weckmann (ca. 1616-1674)

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Her, BWV 662: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Suite du deuxième ton: Louis-Nicolas Clèrambault (1676-1749)

Plein jeu
Basse de Cromome
Récit de Nazard
Caprice sur les grands Jeux

Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18: César Franck {1822-1890)

In Organo, Chordis et Choro (2001): Naji Hakim (b. 1955)