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Jacob Fuhrman is a DMA candidate in organ performance at the Eastman School of Music, where he studies with Edoardo Bellotti. He has studied piano from age five and organ from age ten, playing for his first church services at First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen, South Dakota, in 2002. His Bachelor of Music degree is from Wheaton College (IL), where he studied organ and harpsichord with Dr. Edward Zimmerman. He earned the Master of Music degree from Eastman in 2014, studying organ with Edoardo Bellotti and Michel Bouvard and improvisation with William Porter. Additional coachings and masterclasses have been with David Higgs, Christa Rakich, William Bolcom, and Hans Davidsson (organ); Edoardo Bellotti (harpsichord); and Joel Speerstra (clavichord). At Eastman, he has taught undergraduate aural skills courses and organ lessons, worked as a continuo accompanist in the early music department, and currently serves as Professor Bellotti’s assistant. He is Organist and Director of Liturgical Music at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Penfield, NY.
Meg Cutting is an undergraduate student at the Eastman School of Music, pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance in the studio of Nathan Laube. Meg is from Salem-Keizer, Oregon, and began studying piano at the age of six. She previously studied piano under the instruction of Pamela Miller, adding pipe organ at age twelve. She has participated in various festivals and summer music programs throughout her musical career. Meg is a recipient of the International Baccalaureate Diploma, after completing the program at South Salem High School. She was also selected as an E. Power Biggs Fellow for the 2015 OHS convention in Western Massachusetts. Before coming to Eastman, Meg was the organist at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Woodburn, Oregon, a position she held for two and a half years. In addition to this, she was a part-time organist at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salem. Currently, she is the organist at Our Lady of Victory / St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in downtown Rochester, a position she has held since fall of 2015. Since beginning her studies at Eastman in 2014, Meg has developed a particular interest in the music of twentieth-century French organ composers, such as Messiaen, Alain, and Tournemire.
Joshua Ehlebracht is an undergraduate student at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Professor Nathan Laube. Joshua began his musical studies when he was 6 years old on the piano, and then began taking organ lessons from Dr. Peter Nikiforuk when he was 11. Joshua is from Kitchener, Ontario in Canada and has been performing in recitals around his home town at many large churches such as Metropolitan United Church in Toronto, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto, and St. Peter’s Lutheran church Kitchener. He is also a recurring performer in the RCCO hosted annual Phantoms of the Organ recital in Toronto, on Canada’s largest pipe organ. In 2016, he was awarded second place in the Royal Canadian College of Organist’s Fairclough Competition. Joshua, at the age of 16, was appointed music director of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church Kitchener, after many previous years of supply work around the region. In 2016, he attended the Eastman Summer Academy for High School Organists, where he had the opportunity to study with Nathan Laube and Stephen Kennedy. Joshua also had the opportunity to study with Didier Matry in 2014, at St. Augustin in Paris, France, on the grand Cavaille-Coll pipe organ.
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