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Meet the Academy's world-renowned organists.
Peter Richard Conte
Peter Richard Conte is the Principal Organist at Longwood Gardens, and is long-time organist at the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy's in Philadelphia. Since 1991, he has served as Choirmaster and Organist of Saint Clement's Church, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, where he teaches Organ Improvisation. Mr. Conte is highly regarded as a skillful performer and arranger of organ transcriptions. Mr. Conte performs extensively throughout the management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, and has appeared as a featured artist at American Guild of Organists' National and Regional Conventions.
Alan Morrison is recognized as one of America's premier concert organists, performing in prestigious venues across the United States and in Canada, as well as in international festivals. He is champion of twentieth- and twenty-first-century composers, personally introducing their works to audiences in recitals and concerts, and enjoys collaborating with vocalists and other instrumentalists in chamber programs. Mr. Morrison is the Head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music, Associate Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and College Organist at Ursinus College. He frequently conducts master classes sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.
A native of Thorold, Ontario, Canada, Ken Cowan received the Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Prior to attending Yale, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In 2012 Mr. Cowan joined the keyboard faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as Associate Professor and head of the organ program. He is one of North America’s finest concert organists, praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike. Mr. Cowan maintains a rigorous performing schedule which takes him to major concert venues in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
Hailed as a "brilliant organist" by the New York Times, Benjamin Sheen was named the winner of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize at the inaugural Longwood Gardens Internaional Organ Competition, and the second prize winner and Jon Laukvik Prize winner of the 50th St. Albans International Organ Compeition, both in 2013. With a pedigree that includes being a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and a graduate of the Juilliard School, he brings a remarkable insight and maturity to his performances of standard organ repetoire and in the area of orchestral transcriptions. He is the Associate Organist at the famed St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, in New York City.