7:30 pm -- WYATT SMITH, organ

  • 12 Nov 2013
  • 7:30 PM
  • Church of the Gesu, Milwaukee
Church of the Gesu

Edmund Assaly Memorial Concert
Graduate Student, Yale University Institute for Sacred Music

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 7:30 pm

1145 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI

Wyatt Smith, a native of Rapid City, SD, is currently a graduate student at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, studying organ performance with Martin Jean. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Organ Historical Society, Music Teachers National Association, and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. He holds the Colleague and Service Playing Certificates from the AGO.

Wyatt began piano studies at the age of seven and organ studies at the age of ten. His organ teachers have included Mary Free, Bethel Zabell, Justin Matters, Marylou Torrey, Larry Schou and Douglas Cleveland. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the University of South Dakota, graduating magna cum laude. He has also studied improvisation with Tom Trenney, along with fortepiano with Susanne Skyrm.

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As a performer, Wyatt has concertized extensively in churches, chapels, cathedrals and concert halls throughout the United States of America, from Boston and Washington, D.C. to Honolulu, Hawaii and numerous locales in between. He performed as a Rising Star at the 2012 AGO National Convention in Nashville, TN. He was the winner of the 2011 AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists (North Central Region) held in Des Moines, IA, and was among the winners of the 2011 University of South Dakota Concerto Competition. His performances have been heard on several episodes of American Public Media's Pipedreams, as well as on South Dakota Public Radio and Television.

Wyatt has a deep passion for commissioning and performing new works written for the organ. He has commissioned and premiered works by composers that include Emma Lou Diemer, Lynn Petersen, Kristina Langlois, David Cherwien, Kurt Knecht, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Deanna Wehrspann, and Carson Cooman.

Further information on Wyatt, including his repertoire, a list of his past and upcoming concerts, and the titles and composers of the works he has commissioned can be found on his website:

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