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Midday Muse: Erica Johnson, Organ

Feb 29, 1 PM
Houghton Chapel
Free and open to the public

Erica Johnson, DMA, is a Boston-based organist, clavichordist, and church musician. She is thrilled to be the College Organist and Instructor of Organ and Harpsichord at Wellesley College since 2019. She also serves as the Director of Liturgy and Music at Sacred Heart Parish in Newton Center, MA. Erica is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin College (Economics), New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music.

As a grant recipient of the Beebe Fund for Musicians, she studied an additional two years at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany, with Harald Vogel. Her years in Germany yielded two honors: the 2004 International Arp Schnitger Prize awarded by the Arp Schnitger Gesellschaft, and the 2002 NDR Musikpreis.

As an organ instructor, Erica has taught at the UNC School of the Arts, Salem College, the Oberlin Conservatory, and as a church musician she was Organ Scholar at the Memorial Church of Harvard University from 1999-2001. More recently she has presented programs for the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, the Göteborg International Organ Academy in Sweden, and recitals around New England. In addition to performing, she also enjoys serving on juries for organ competitions, including the Arthur Poister Competition and the Boston Bach International Organ Competition. 

Erica will present a midday recital, Leap Year: Timekeepers in Organ Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries, with timeless works by Buxtehude, Poglietti, Blanchard, Böhm, and Bach.

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