Indiana organist and instructor to be featured in Andover Organ Series

The second of three concerts in the Andover Organ Series at Hesston College will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The concert will feature Kevin J. Vaughn, director of music and organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran church (South Bend, Ind.), instructor of organ at Goshen (Ind.) College, and adjunct assistant professor of piano and organ at the University of Notre Dame (Ind.).

Vaughn’s program, which takes place on J.S. Bach’s 332nd birthday, will include the music Bach, Vierne, Krebs, Brahms and Martinson. A reception following the concert will feature birthday cake in honor of Bach. The concert is free and open to the public.

Vaughn performs regularly across the country as a solo organ recitalist, and in collaborative programs of sacred music for voice and organ with baritone Stephen Lancaster. Recent engagements include lecture recitals at the University of Notre Dame and Valparaiso (Ind.) University, and for various American Guild of Organists chapters. He also enjoys performing as soloist for Haydn and Handel organ concerti and as organist for major choral works, most recently Duruflé’s Requiem Faure’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.

A semifinalist in the 2013-14 cycle of the National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, Vaught won first prize in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Organ Scholar Competition in Evanston, Ill., in February 2015. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano, organ and sacred music, including the first Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance conferred by the University of Notre Dame. His former instructors include Phyllis Warner, Gail Walton and Craig Cramer.

An Active member of the American Guild of Organists, Vaughn serves as Dean of the St. Joseph Valley (Ind.) Chapter and holds the Guild’s Colleague certificate. He also maintains active membership in the American Musicological Society, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and the Organ Historical Society.

Vaughn’s scholarly research and lecture recitals focus on French organist/composer Gaston Litaize (1909-91), especially his organ Masses, as well as twentieth-century French liturgical music for solo organ more broadly. Of particular interest are genre designations, compositional techniques and reception of Litaize’s and other composers’ works after World War II.

The Andover Organ Series at Hesston College feature organists from across the world, bringing another form of fine art to south central Kansas. The series is funded by the John Ernest Foundation.

The final concert in the series will be at 7 p.m., Friday, April 21, and will feature Shayla Van Hal and Bethany Johnson, graduate students at the University of Kansas (Lawrence).