Student Update: Stephen Price

Austria Sept 2012 119Stephen Price, a doctoral student in organ performance and a student of Professor Janette Fishell, competed in the 2013 biennual City of Biarritz International Organ Competition sponsored by the André Marchal Organ Academy of Biarritz, France.  Stephen was one of three competitors who passed to the final round of the competition out of thirteen competitors from around the globe who were invited to compete. Stephen was also the only representative from the United States.  The quarter-final, semi-final, and final rounds took place from October 22nd through the 26th at three of the local churches in Biarritz, France.  The competition aims to promote music from different organ schools with a special focus on French music from the Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century genres.

Stephen C. Price is a native of Buffalo, N.Y.  During his senior year of high school he was appointed Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral 2004-2005, in Buffalo where he studied organ with Andrew Scanlon.  In 2009 Stephen graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelors of Music degree in Organ Performance, where he studied with Stephen Roberts.  While pursuing his degree, Stephen held the position of Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s on the Green Episcopal Church in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Following his undergraduate career, Stephen received a Fulbright Grant to France, studying organ at the Conservatoire National de Région de Toulouse.  He received the Diplôme d’Études Musicales avec mention très bien (the equivalent of a US Artist Diploma) in Organ, and le Prix François Vidal from the conservatory under the tutelage of Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jensen.  While studying in France, Stephen performed recitals at numerous venues in Toulouse including the Basilica of Saint Sernin, and also at the American Church in Paris.  Stephen has recently given recitals at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue NYC; Westminster Presbyterian sponsored by the Buffalo, NY, chapter of the AGO; Inaugural recital of the Super Nova concert series at Piedmont College, Demorest, GA.

Stephen graduated with a Masters of Music degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in May of 2012, and currently is enrolled in the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance at Indiana University.  In September of 2012, Stephen competed in the Franz Schmidt 4th International Organ Competition in Kitzbüel, Austria and was awarded the Robert Fuchs Prize.  He also received a monetary award and was featured in the final prize winners concert in Hopfgarten, Austria.  Stephen serves as the Director of Music of Covenant Community Church, Indianapolis, IN and the resident organist of Beck Chapel at Indiana University.


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