Tom Trenney, winner of the 2006 AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation, improvises two suites on hymn tunes and plays repertoire on a new three-manual organ by Patrick J. Murphy & Associates at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Baltimore. Trenney, who has played to great acclaim at OHS conventions, brilliantly plays the latest organ built by the first OHS E. Power Biggs Fellow, Patrick J. Murphy. Trenney is Director of Music Ministries and Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Michigan, where he directs five choirs and an extensive music outreach program named “Many Voices …One Song.” He holds two graduate degrees from Eastman, having studied organ performance with David Higgs and choral conducting with William Weinert, and an undergraduate degree in organ performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Todd Wilson. In July of 2006, Tom became the first organist to win both First Prize and Audience Prize in the American Guild of Organists’ National Competition in Organ Improvisation. He has also received First Prize at regional and national competitions, including the Redlands Organ Festival Competition, the San Marino Organ Competition, the John Rodland Memorial Church Music Scholarship Competition, and the AGO Region V Competition for Young Organists.
Tom has presented programs around the country including solo recitals, duo recitals, hymn festivals, service playing workshops, silent film accompaniments, and master classes. Performance venues have included Ocean Grove Auditorium, Portland Municipal Auditorium, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Most notably, Tom has been a featured performer at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.
IMPROV.: Variations on “Immortal, Invisible” St. Denio 7 mvts.
IMPROV.: Suite on Hyfrydol 4 mvts.
BACH: Fugue in G Major Jig, BWV 577
BACH: Prelude & Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
SCHUMANN: Canon in b minor, Canon in B Major
HORATIO PARKER: Allegretto from Sonata in e-flat minor
LEMARE: Irish Air from County Derry
MENDELSSOHN: Sonata No. 3 in A