Ann Elise Smoot, organist

Event time: 
Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 2:00pm
Event description: 

Music of Bach and Duruflé

Part of the 2010-2011 Great Organ Music at Yale Series

Christ Church Episcopal

Broadway at Elm

To take place immediately after 5 pm Evensong

The 2010 – 2011 season of Great Organ Music at Yale will continue on Sunday, October 17 with a short recital by Ann Elise Smoot that immediately follows the 5pm Evensong at Christ Church Episcopal (Broadway at Elm in New Haven).

Ann Elise Smoot performs throughout the United States, Great Britain and Europe, with a repertoire that ranges from the 14th century to the present day. Her recital career was launched by success in two major competitions and she has received wide critical acclaim for her ability to move between musical eras, styles and genres with sympathy and flair. After completing two degrees studying with Thomas Murray at Yale, where she won several major prizes for scholarship and for organ playing, she travelled to England, where she studied organ and harpsichord at the Royal Academy of Music, and, latterly, with Dame Gillian Weir.

Passionate about bringing organ music to a wider audience and injecting new ideas into the organ world at large, Ann Elise Smoot has been involved in founding several initiatives, including co-founding of the London Organ Forum, an annual study day combining academic research and live performances, which aims to encourage organists to look at their repertoire in a wider musical context.

Ann Elise Smoot is also one of the most sought-after teachers in the UK, and is in frequent demand for master classes both there and in North America. She is director of the St. Giles Junior Organ Conservatoire, a unique and highly successful programme for teenage organists, preparing them for university organ scholarships and places in major conservatoires. She has also taught and performed in recent years on the Yale Summer School for Organists, at the Oundle International Festival and associated summer school for young organists, on various Incorporated Association of Organists Study Days, and has been a frequent and popular tutor on several Royal School of Church Music courses. Recitals last year included a return to Oundle, a recital on the new 94-stop organ in Magdeburg Cathedral in Germany, and a recital on the largest North American concert-hall organ in the Kimmel Center, the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Two critically acclaimed CDs have been released on the JAV label, with future CDs in development. Ann Elise Smoot has also contributed several articles as a freelance writer to publications such as Music Teacher Magazine, Classical MusicThe Organists’ ReviewChoir and Organ, and the RCO Journal.

The recital, presented by Yale Institute of Sacred Music, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.