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Parker Kitterman Performance

Parker Kitterman
Organ Series

Date & Price

Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm


Free with Gardens Admission

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis

Longwood Debut

Parker Kitterman is Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church, Philadelphia, where he has led an active program in weekly choral services, monthly vespers concerts, organ recitals, and other occasions since 2010. He also serves as a piano accompanist for the Singing City Choir, and is an active recitalist, conductor, composer, and clinician.

More about Parker Kitterman

A native of rural Georgia, Parker Kitterman first heard and fell in love with the pipe organ during his freshman convocation at the Duke University Chapel. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Music (2001), studying organ with Robert Parkins and David Arcus, which was followed by a Fulbright Fellowship at the Brussels Conservatory. During his Fulbright year, Kitterman was a finalist in the Toulouse International Organ Competition and participated in organ academies and masterclasses throughout Europe, working with such leading interpreters as Michel Bouvard, Olivier Latry, Hans Davidsson, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Louis Robilliard, William Porter, and Edoardo Bellotti. Upon returning to the States, Kitterman worked as a church musician in Washington, DC (All Souls, Unitarian) and New York (Cathedral of the Incarnation) before earning his Master of Music in organ from the Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music (2008), studying repertoire with Thomas Murray and improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart. That same year, he was a finalist in the Musashino (Tokyo) International Organ Competition.

Kitterman has performed extensively in the US and overseas in various capacities. Notable recent performances include an all-night rendition of John Cage’s Organ2/ASLSP at Christ Church, a piano solo for Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Singing City, and a premiere work by Matthew Glandorf at the Kimmel Center’s Organ Day.

An accomplished composer in his own right, Kitterman’s work incorporates jazz, folk, and popular influences, and includes choral anthems, psalms, and canticles; congregational hymn settings; and art songs.

Kitterman enjoys teaching and sharing his love of music, including consulting on the use of the organ with leading composers and performers of new music. He recently oversaw the completion and dedication of a new organ, C. B. Fisk Opus 150, a landmark instrument for Christ Church and the Philadelphia community.