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Growing Together: Fall Oliver Latry/Alumni Conference

25th Anniversary of the Bales Organ Recital Hall
Oct. 7-9, 2021
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Sponsored by the University of Kansas Organ and Church Music Alumni Association and the KU School of Music

Featuring Olivier Latry, the William T. Kemper Artist-in-Residence at KU and KU Organ and Church Music Alumni.  Important Note: Olivier Latry’s participation in this conference is subject to his availability given covid restrictions in France and America at the time of the conference.

More About the Conference

Since the summer of 2020, a group of KU organ and church music alumni have been planning this inaugural event of the KU Organ and Church Music Alumni Association. Olivier Latry, the William T. Kemper Artist-in-Residence at KU will perform the 25th Anniversary Recital and teach a master-class to KU students. The remainder of the three-day event will be led by KU organ and church music alumni. For further details, please see the attached conference schedule.

Conference Schedule

(BRH - Bales Recital Hall)
(LCP – Lied Center Pavilion)
(KUOCMAA – KU Organ and Church Music Alumni Association)

Thursday, October 7
12:00 Registration: LCP
1:00 Welcome: Chelsea Vaught, James Higdon, Michael Bauer - BRH
1:15 Masterclass with Olivier Latry: current KU students performing
2:30 Break
3:00 Alumni Organ Projects I - LCP
            Kevin Vogt, Elisa Bickers, Jared Ostermann, Charles Barland, Roseann Penner Kaufman
4:15 Break
4:45 Alumni Pedagogy Panel: Charles Barland, moderator - LCP
            Carrie Groenewold, S. Andrew Lloyd, Don Cook, Laura Ellis,
            Eileen Guenther, Mary Ellen Sutton, Wolfgang Reisinger
6:00 Dinner on your own
8:00 Olivier Latry, 25th Anniversary Recital

Friday, October 8
9:00 Masterclass with Laura Ellis, Don Cook, Wolfgang Reisinger; current KU students
            Performing - BRH
10:00 Break
10:30 Alumni Organ Projects II - LCP
            Matthew Geerlings, Don Cook, Katherine Schmitz, Ben Keseley (remote)
12:00 Luncheon - LCP
            KUOCMAA Meeting & Presentation of the Bales Distinguished Alumni Award
            Eileen Guenther
2:00 Alumni Recital
            S. Andrew Lloyd, Lynn Trapp, Elisa Bickers, Brian Mathias, Marie Rubis Bauer,
            Wolfgang Reisinger
3:45 Break
4:15 The BRH: The First Twenty-Five Years, Michael Bauer/James Higdon - LCP         
5:15 Break
5:30 Banquet
8:00 Alumni Recital: KU International Competition Winners: Tyler Boehmer, Robert Horton, Douglas O’Neill

Saturday, October 9
9:00 Church Music Panel, Kevin Vogt, moderator - LCP
            Lynn Trapp, Christopher Berry, Matthew Geerlings, Robert Horton, Brian Mathias,
            Cynthia Neufeld-Smith, Tom Lee, Laura Scow
10:15 Break
10:45 Alumni Book Authors - LCP
            David Pickering, Eileen Guenther, Tandy Reussner
12:15 Alumni Carillon Recital/Picnic lunch at the Campanile
            Laura Ellis, Chelsea Vaught, Don Cook, Elizabeth Berghout, Robert Hobgood


Best Western Plus West Lawrence
6101 Rock Chalk Drive
Lawrence, KS 66049
Fee: $82 plus tax
40 rooms are available to conference attendees until Oct. 1st or until such time as the block is sold out
Reservations at:

Hampton Inn Lawrence
2300 W. 6th Street
Lawrence, KS 66049
Rates:  Thursday  - $79 plus tax.
Friday and Saturday  - $119 plus tax
30 rooms are available to conference attendees for Thursday and Friday and 10 rooms for Saturday (in case anyone wants to stay over an extra night) until Sept. 16th or until such time as the block is sold out.
Reservations at:

Olivier Latry Concert Tickets

To attend the Olivier Latry 25th Anniversary Commemorative Recital, please contact the Lied Center Box Office. A limited number of seats will be available to the general public. The Latry recital is free for conference participants. Tickets will go on sale beginning Sept. 15th, 2021.  (785-864-2787; lied@ku.edu).

Audition Information

Your audition with the School of Music is crucial. It serves as an application to the Division. It is also a contributing factor in scholarship considerations. Information on audition procedures and requirement are found on the KU School of Music Auditions page.

Arrange organ scholarship auditions and repertoire with James Higdon at jhigdon@ku.edu or 913-708-1213.