Beach United Church is excited to present organist Ryan Baxter for our final Organ Stops concert of our season on Saturday, March 16th at 4:30pm.



Organ Sonata No. 6 in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn

Trio Sonata No. 6 in G major, BWV 530 by Johann Sebastian Bach

12 Characteristic Pieces, Op. 156 by Josef Rheinberger

Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain, Op. 7 by Maurice Duruflé

Ryan Baxter is a student in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music, studying solo piano performance with Professor Stéphan Sylvestre. This year he holds an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, which supports his continued work on contemporary Australian four-hands piano music, including sonatas by Carl Vine and Stuart Greenbaum. He received a Bachelor of Music from Brock University (2019), an Ontario Graduate Certificate in Music Composition from Humber College (2020), and a Master of Music from the University of Manitoba (2022). Outside of university study, Ryan holds LCRM, ARCT, and LTCL diplomas in piano, ARCT, ARCCO, CRCCO, and LTCL diplomas in organ, and an ARCT in piano pedagogy. 

Beyond academic life, Ryan is Music Director and Organist at Rowntree Memorial United Church in London, Ontario, and is currently on the board of directors at the United Church Foundation. Previously he was organist, and later music director, at Trillium United Church in St. Catharines (2016-2021). He has worked as a marker/grader, choral and instrumental accompanist, in-classroom tutor for mathematics and English, MOOC (massive open online course) facilitator, private piano and theory instructor, and in various other education-related positions. When Ryan is not practicing, writing, or working, he can be found walking outside, gardening, gaming on his PC, cooking, baking, and applying to more programs. He is happy to be part of Beach United Church’s musical programming this year! 

Beach United‘s warm, inviting hall serves as the perfect backdrop for this concert – the concert is pay-what-you-can, and proceeds support our year-round community programs.

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