Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church,
A BIRTHDAY GARLAND
Music marking the anniversaries of:
Leo Sowerby (b. 1895 – 135 years)
Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (b. 1835 – 185 years)
Ludwig van Beethoven (b. 1770 – 250 years)
Louis Vierne (b. 1870 – 150 years)
Haig Mardirosian, organist
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Haig Mardirosian is Dean Emeritus of the College of Arts and Letters, and Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Tampa. He is also Professor Emeritus of Music at American University in Washington, DC. As a concert organist, Haig has earned international standing. In 1977, he was the first American chosen to play in the International Organ Week in Bonn, Germany. In 1989, Dr. Mardirosian was one of two Americans to perform in the first Soviet/American Organ Festival. Haig has twenty recordings to his credit on various labels including Gothic, Centaur, Organo Phon, Mitra, Musical Heritage Society, Westminster, and Monitor in various capacities as soloist and conductor.
As a writer and critic, Haig Mardirosian has contributed nearly 1500 reviews and features to a variety of publications. His recent book, Vox Humana: The World of the Pipe Organ and Those who Play it was published in 2017 by Morningstar Music. He is currently General Editor of the American Guild of Organists Monograph Series, for which he has just authored the first three volumes, J. Michael Barone and Pipedreams: The Organ on Public Radio; The Organ on Campus; and The Making of an Organ Virtuoso. Previously, Mardirosian was published in Forecast, The American Organist, The Diapason, the Journal of American Organ Building. For ten years, he wrote a monthly opinion column, Vox Humana, for The American Organist.
Prior to his appointment to the University of Tampa in 2009, Haig Mardirosian served as Professor of Music, Senior Vice Provost, and Dean of Academic Affairs at American University and Organist and Choirmaster of the Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes in Washington D.C., a church noted for its exemplary liturgical conduct and where Mardirosian led a sophisticated weekly music program sung by the professional choir in the exemplary acoustics of the Gothic edifice. After several years as organist of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Tampa, he serves as organist at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church.