Recital: Brent te Velde


Wednesday, June 28 – 11:00 am
Holy Family Cathedral, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Sonata no. 3, op. 65, no. 3

  1. Con moto maestoso
  2. Andante tranquillo

Rebecca Groom te Velde (b.  1956)
Partita on Bereden väg för Herran (Prepare the Royal Highway)   

Commissioned for the 2023 Southwest Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Symphony no. 3, op. 28

  1. Allegro maestoso
  2. Cantilène
  3. Intermezzo
  4. Adagio
  5. Final

About the Performer and Composer

Brent te Velde

Brent te Velde has served as director of music at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia since 2019. A native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, he earned his undergraduate degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a double major in German literature and organ. As part of his undergraduate studies he spent a semester in Bremen, Germany, studying at both the University of Bremen and the Bremen Musikhochschule. He then earned his masters degree and an additional certificate in sacred music from Yale University, and completed graduate studies with doctoral work in organ, sacred music, and music theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His doctoral final project examined J.S. Bach’s early autodidactic study of fugal composition with a focus on Bach’s fugues borrowing Italian fugue subjects. 

His primary organ teachers have been Chris Young, Bruce Neswick, Martin Jean, Jeffrey Brillhart, David Heller, Christoph Grohmann, Hans Davidsson, and Rebecca te Velde. He has earned first prizes in the John R. Rodland Memorial Competition, the AGO Regional Young Organists competition, and the William Hall competition in San Antonio, and has performed for both regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists. His playing has also been featured on the public radio program Pipedreams.

Prior to arriving at St. Stephen’s, Brent served as associate organist and choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina, and has served churches in Indiana, Connecticut, Texas, and Oklahoma. Brent is married to the Rev. Jennifer te Velde, a chaplain at Westminster-Canterbury of Richmond. They have two young children, Charlie and Anna, and their household also includes five cats and a lizard.

Rebecca te Velde

Rebecca Groom te Velde, M.Mus., AAGO, is a fourth-generation organist, composer, and teacher. Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma, she holds degrees from The University of Western Ontario and Seattle Pacific University. Her organ teachers have included Lester H. Groom (her father), Hugh J. McLean, Michael Schneider, Almut Rössler, and Gerald Frank, and composition teachers were L.H. Groom and Jack Behrens. She has taught at
Oklahoma State University (music appreciation) and Oklahoma City University (organ), and has concertized in the U.S., Canada and Europe. She has both performed and presented workshops at numerous AGO national and regional conventions and was a commissioned composer for AGO Houston 2016. She is the U.S. co-editor of Oxford Hymn Settings for Organists. Her organ music is published by Oxford University Press, Darcey Press, GIA, and Selah Music Publishing, and choral music by OUP and Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

About the Venue

Holy Family Cathedral
820 S. Boulder Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma

Austin Organs, Inc. Opus 2684 (1983), III/53
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