Adam Chlebek is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in organ performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he is a student of Jonathan Moyer. A Polish-American from Chicago, IL, Adam is a recipient of the Oberlin Conservatory Dean’s Scholarship and is interested in performance and sacred music. He has performed throughout the United States and Poland in such venues as St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, IL; the National Shrine of Our Lady of Częstochowa in Doylestown, PA; and the Shrine of St. John Paul II in Kraków. He has participated in masterclasses with Janette Fishell, Nathan Laube, and William Porter. A devotee of choral music, Adam has sung with The Oberlin Musical Union and Collegium Musicum, where he has worked under Gregory Ristow and Steven Plank. Adam is also an avid jazz pianist, having participated in Oberlin’s Performance and Improvisation Ensemble, where he has performed with Jamey Haddad, Jay Ashby, and Becca Stevens. In addition to his studies, he serves as the Director of Music at St. James Catholic Church in Lakewood, OH. Click here to read more about Adam.
Aidan Hill is a junior undergraduate at the University of Kansas studying organ with Dr. James Higdon. Aidan is from Kingman, KS, and studied piano from an early age with his hometown piano teacher, Joan Robinson, and began organ lessons at the age of eleven with Carole Pracht, organist at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Wichita. He has previously been awarded prizes for competitions in organ, including the Diploma Prize as a finalist in the XII Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia. Alongside his performances, Aidan is an active composer, whose recent work includes his Missa Sancta Familia for organ and choir, which was first premiered at the Nuptial Mass for him and his wife, Megan. He regularly showcases his work in performance, composition, improvisation, and practice via his social media presence on his YouTube and Instagram pages. Click here to read more about Aidan.
Katherine Jolliff is a 19-year-old organist from Indianapolis. She began piano studies at the age of 5 and started learning the organ in her freshman year of high school from Marco Petricic (University of Indianapolis). After completing her first two years of high school, she finished her studies at Interlochen Arts Academy. She majored in both piano performance and organ performance and studied organ with Tom Bara. Graduating with honors and the Fine Arts Award in Organ Performance, Katherine is currently at the Eastman School of Music as an organ performance major. In addition to being declared a winner at the Regional Competition for Young Organists, she also won first prize in the East Carolina University Young Artists Competition in organ performance (including the Bach Interpretation Prize and the Hymn Playing Award) as well as first place in the 2021 M. Louise Miller and Paul E Knox Scholarship Competition. Click here to read more about Katherine.
Sarah Palmer is a senior at St. Olaf College, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance. She began studying the organ three years ago and currently studies with Catherine Rodland. During the summer of 2019, she attended the Jacobs Organ Academy at Indiana University where she studied with Christopher Young. She is the recipient of several awards and scholarships. Sarah won the AGO/Quimby North Central Regional Competition for Young Organists and the 2021 Ruth and Paul Manz Scholarship. Click here to read more about Sarah.
Multifaceted musician Audrey Pickeringis a music student at the University of Kansas majoring in organ performance as a student of James Higdon. Audrey began her organ studies with her father, David Pickering. She also studied cello with David Littrell and piano with Agustin Muriago. She currently studies cello with Hannah Collins. Audrey has competed as a prizewinner in organ competitions sponsored by the Columbia, SC, Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and the AGO’s North Central Regional Competition for Young Organists. She received First Prize in the Twin Cities AGO Student Competition in April 2018. As an organ recitalist, Audrey has performed in Austin, TX; Independence, MO; and Manhattan, KS. Audrey is currently assistant organist and choral accompanist at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Lenexa, KS. A three-time member of the Kansas All-State Orchestra, Audrey has performed as a cellist in a variety of ensembles and orchestras. Her work as a pianist has encompassed both solo and accompaniment work on a variety of levels and settings. In her free time, she enjoys roller coasters, reading, writing, spending time with her family, and practicing her Portuguese. Click here to read more about Audrey.