Improvisation Workshop

  • 19 Jan 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 7845 N. River Road, River Hills, WI

Improvisation Workshop

Saturday, January 19, 2019

10:00 - 11:30 am

Clinicians - Christian Rich and Dr. Charles Ludwick II

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church

7845 N. River Road

River Hills, WI

AGO Improvisation Workshop

January 19, 2019· 10:00-11:30AM

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church

Christian Rich M.M. and Dr. Charles Ludwick II, D.M.A., presenters

This workshop is designed to enhance your service playing by making organ improvisation accessible to all. Whether you are taking your first steps or are a seasoned improviser, this session has something for you. Using a variety of hymn-based skills, such as ornamented cantus, accompaniments with sixths, melodic imitation, simple but colorful chord progressions and other easily learned techniques, this fast-paced session of spontaneous music making will give you, the participants, opportunities at the church’s Holtkamp organ to demonstrate the skills discussed.


Christian Rich is presently the Director of Music at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in River Hills. He received his M.M. degree from the University of Notre Dame where he was an organ student of Sue Seid-Martin and studied theory with David Clark Isele. He retired in 2014 from his position as Director of Liturgy and Music at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, a position he held for thirty-six years.

Charles Ludwick II is presently the Director of Liturgical Music and Organist at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, where he leads the seminary choirs, plays for the daily liturgical horarium, and lectures on sacred music.  Ludwick received the Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin, having also received the Master of Music in Organ Performance (sacred music emphasis) from that institution. One of the last pupils of Gerre Hancock, additional organ teachers at The University of Texas at Austin included Judith Hancock and Matthias Maierhofer. While in Texas, he was an improvisation student of Gerre Hancock and Scott Davis.

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