During the week-long academy, students study with Longwood Principal Organist Peter Richard Conte and Alan Morrison, Haas Charitable Trust Chair in Organ Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, providing valuable insight into the world of symphonic organ. Students also attend a master class with visiting organist Nathan Laube, of the organ faculty at the Staatliche Hochscule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany and International Consultant in Organ Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, United Kingdom.
Peter Richard Conte
Peter Richard Conte is the Principal Organist at Longwood Gardens, and is the 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 a champion of 20th- and 21st-century composers, personally introducing their works to audiences in recitals and concerts, and enjoys collaborating with vocalists and other instrumentalists in chamber programs. 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.
Nathan Laube is recognized as a leading performer and pedagogue. He is on the organ faculty at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany, where he succeeded his mentor, Ludger Lohmann, at his alma mater. Laube is also International Consultant in Organ Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the United Kingdom. His extensive international recital career takes him to major concert venues and festivals around the world. Known for his creative programming of repertoire spanning five centuries, including his own virtuoso transcriptions of orchestral works, Laube’s recording of the Stephen Paulus Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra with the Nashville Symphony was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium in 2016.