Ken Cowan, chair
Regarded as one of North America’s finest concert organists and praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique, and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, Ken Cowan maintains a rigorous performing schedule that takes him to major concert venues in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Recent feature performances have included appearances at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonie, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Vienna Konzerthaus, Maison Symphonique in Montreal, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and Walt Disney Concert Hall. In addition, Mr. Cowan has been a featured artist in recent years at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Houston. He has performed at many regional conventions of the AGO and has been featured at several conventions of the Organ Historical Society and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. In 2012 Mr. Cowan joined the keyboard faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he is Professor of Organ and head of the organ program. He is also Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, TX.
Commended for his “stunning virtuosity and musicality” (Choir and Organ), ECMAEF Artistic Director David Baskeyfield has earned a reputation as a captivating performer, whose effortless technical facility is tempered by intelligent and mature interpretation, and informed above all by intuitive and communicative musicianship. His repertoire is wide and eclectic, at home with the music of the Old Masters of the 17th-century and the great 19th-century virtuosos. He is also one of relatively few organists in North America to improvise regularly in recital. Mr. Baskeyfield studied Law at Oxford University and holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He is the recipient of an unusual number of first prizes in playing competitions; these include the Canadian International Organ Competition, St Albans, Miami, and the AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation, all with audience prize. He has recorded for ATMA Classique and Acis Productions. Since moving to eastern North Carolina, David has been able to devote considerably more time to scuba diving and offshore sportfishing. He shares his house with two springer spaniels, Lucy and Wilbur.
A native of North Carolina, David Jernigan currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster at Christ Church, Raleigh, where he oversees a robust choral program. In August of 2018, he conducted their Choristers & Lay Clerks in a full choral residency at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, a service of Mass Internationale at Notre-Dame de Paris, and a recording with the Floating Earth Company at Jesus College, Cambridge. A frequent recitalist, David has played in many of the world’s most prestigious venues including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey, London; the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Wall St., NYC; and the National Cathedral, Washington D.C. He is a regular guest of the North Carolina Symphony and is the founding director of the Raleigh Bach Soloists, a fully professional vocal ensemble dedicated to historically informed performance of Renaissance and Baroque music. David holds degrees in performance from East Carolina and Yale Universities and is proud to count Janette Fishell, Colin Andrews, Martin Jean, and Thomas Murray as his primary teachers.