Program for April 7, 2017

Nick Capozzoli, a student at McGill University and Assistant Organist of Christ Church Cathedral in Montréal will be performing this Friday. His program will be:
Overture to Paulus, op. 36 – Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Transcribed by W.T. Best
Rhapsody in D-flat major, op. 17 no. 1 – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, op. 135b – Max Reger (1873-1916)

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Nicholas Capozzoli has established himself as a solo organist, harpsichordist, and chamber musician with great distinction and versatility throughout North America. He has won top prizes at national competitions, receiving First Prize in the 2015 Taylor Organ Competition, 2013 Region III AGO/Quimby Competition, Pittsburgh Concert Society Audition for Young Organists, and Carol Teti Memorial Organ Competition. He was also a finalist in the 2016 AGO National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. Capozzoli was nominated as a member of The Diapason’s “20 under 30 Class of 2015,” which recognizes individuals under the age of 30 who have made significant contributions to the fields of organ performance, harpsichord, and church music. His playing can be heard on the nationally-syndicated “Pipedreams” radio broadcast.

Capozzoli has presented recitals at national festivals and conferences, including “Rising Star” appearances at the 2014 AGO National Convention in Boston, MA and 2013 National Association of Pastoral Musicians Convention in Washington, DC. He was also a performer at the 2016 Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) conference (Oberlin, OH) and 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Festival “L’Organo Series” (Charleston, SC). Capozzoli has been privileged to perform in several esteemed venues including Saint Joseph’s Oratory (Montreal, QC); St. Paul Cathedral (Pittsburgh, PA); Severance Hall (Cleveland, OH); All Saints’ Episcopal Church (Atlanta, GA); Old South Church (Boston, MA); and the Musée des Augustins (Toulouse, France).

Capozzoli holds a Master of Music in historical performance and Bachelor of Music in organ performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied organ with James David Christie and harpsichord with Webb Wiggins. He is the recipient of Oberlin College’s Selby Harlan Houston Prize (excellence in organ and music theory), Friends of the Library Excellence in Research Award, James H. Hall Prize in Musicology, Pi Kappa Lambda Prize for Musicianship, and Earl L. Russell Award in Historical Performance.

Currently based in Montreal, QC, Capozzoli is a Doctor of Music candidate at McGill University in the studio of Hans-Ola Ericsson and Assistant Organist at Christ Church Cathedral.

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