Recital: Ahreum Han Congdon


Ahreum Han Congdon, Organist
June 27, 2023 – 7:30 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church

Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968)
Te Deum, Op 11 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564

Johannes Matthias Michel (b.1962)
Organ, Timbrel, and Dance: Three Jazz Organ Preludes

  1. Swing Five (Erhalt uns, Herr)
  2. Bossa Nova (Wunderbarer König)
  3. Afro-Cuban (In dir ist Freude)

Marco Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)
Etude Symphonique, Op. 78

Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) Transcribed by Ahreum Han 
Overture to Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld)

William Albright (1944 –1998) 
Sweet Sixteenths (A Concert Rag for Organ)

Max Reger (1873-1916)
Choral Fantasy on “Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme” Op.52, No.2

About the Performer

Ahreum Han Congdon

“Absolutely thrilling recital…elegance, and exuberant joy…energetic performance…rewarding a fabulous performance with shouts of ‘Brava’ and enthusiastic applause.” – The American Organist

Organist Ahreum Han’s passionate, powerful, and extraordinary performances have overjoyed audiences throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. She appeared as a featuring artist at the International Organ Festival in Arbon, Switzerland, Jack Singer Hall (Calgary, Canada), Michealskirche (Leipzig, Germany), Oxford Town Hall (Oxford, United Kingdom), Nottingham Albert Concert Hall (Nottingham, UK), and Esplanade Hall in Singapore.

Ahreum has been invited to perform at American Guild of Organist national and regional conventions (Atlanta ’07, Sarasota ’10, Nashville ’12, New Haven ’15, Cedar Rapids ’17, and OrganFest ’21); the Young Virtuosi Festival held at Wesleyan University, Connecticut, Colorado State University, Colorado, and the White Mountain Musical Arts Bach Festival in New Hampshire. She has appeared as a solo recitalist in major venues include the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall (Philadelphia, PA), Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park (San Diego, CA), Ocean Grove Auditorium (Ocean Grove, NJ), Merrill Auditorium (Portland, ME), Princeton University Chapel (Princeton, NJ), Memorial Chapel at Harvard University (Boston, MA), Edythe Bates Old Recital Hall at Rice University (Houston, TX), St. Thomas Church, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Bartholomew’s Church, and Trinity Church, Wall Street (NYC); St. Philip’s Cathedral (Atlanta, GA), Broadway Baptist Church (Fort Worth, TX), and the First Church of Christ, Scientist (Boston, MA). She has appeared as organ soloist with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at Kimmel Center and the University of Pennsylvania Orchestra at Irvine Auditorium. 

Ahreum has received top prizes from numerous competitions including the Oundle Award in United Kingdom, undergraduate division of Westminster Choir College Scholarship Competition, the Charlotte Hoyt Bagnall Scholarship Competition, the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Young Artist Performance Competition, the John Rodland Memorial Church Music Scholarship Competition, the Albert Schweitzer organ competition, the Carlean Neihart Organ Competition, and the Edwin Seder prize at Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Her live performances have been featured on the radio show PIPEDREAMS from American Public Media. She is also in demand as adjudicator for music competitions, including Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition and the AGO/Regional Competitions for Young Organists. 

Ahreum was born in Seoul, Korea. Her family immigrated to Atlanta, Georgia when she was sixteen. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in organ performance from Westminster Choir College, a Diploma from prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, Master’s degree from Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Iowa. Her teachers include Ed Dunbar, Ken Cowan, Alan Morrison, Thomas Murray, and Brett Wolgast.

Since January 2018, Ahreum is the Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, Texas. She was in the organ faculty at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and the College Organist at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.  She has served as the Principal Organist and Artist-in-Residence at First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Iowa, the Principal Organist at First Presbyterian Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania, an organist at Marquand Chapel of Yale Divinity School and the Berkeley Divinity School of Yale University, and Organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Stamford, Connecticut.  

Ahreum is married to Todd Congdon and they have two boys: a 8-year-old, Daniel and a 6- year-old, Bradley.                                              

About the Venue

Trinity Episcopal Church
501 S. Cincinnati Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma

M.P. Möller Opus 9606 (1961), IV/80
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