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Damin SpritzerDamin Spritzer, DMA
University Park United Methodist Church
Dallas, Texas
(214) 697-9145


Hailed as “elegantly assured” by the Dallas Morning News, and featured as a “young talent” in interview and performances with nationally syndicated radio show Pipedreams, Dr. Damin Spritzer has performed organ recitals from coast to coast since receiving her first scholarship for organ lessons from the American Guild of Organists as a high school student. Beginning in February of 2009, Dr. Spritzer joined the music staff of University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas as Associate Director of Music and Organist. From August 2000 until December 2008, she held the similar position at Saint Rita Catholic Church (also in Dallas), and has served the Dallas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists as a member of the Executive and Recital Committees.

In April of 2011, Dr. Spritzer released her first commercial recording, a world premier CD of the music of René Louis Becker (1882-1956). Recorded in Pithiviers, France in 2010 at the newly renovated historic organ of the church of Saint-Salomon-Saint-Gregoire de Pithiviers, the disc has been receiving glowing reviews. The 2011 September/October issue of Choir & OrganÒmagazine gave the disc a full five stars, writing further that “Damin Spritzer serves both instrument and music well, alert to the music’s lyrical mien and harmonic muscle, negotiating the III/49 machine with an easy command of drama and a real feeling for Becker’s melody-led, cleanly-executed music…A second volume is eagerly awaited.” A review from Classical Music Sentinel () praised the recording, saying “…Damin Spritzer drives the music along with plenty of forward momentum which adds a singing quality to the melodic lines and an assured rhythmic movement to the toccatas and marches...the final glorious chord of the Marche Triomphale will make you glad you’re alive.” The recording is available from . She is currently working on a second volume of the music of Becker, also for Raven Recordings, to be recorded in Orléans, France, in April of 2013 at the Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans.

She has had the honor of being heard on Michael Barone’s nationally-syndicated “Pipedreams®” radio broadcast on several occasions, including program no. 1214 (“Prayers and Alleluias”), program no. 0432 (“Twenty-Somethings”), the  “Pipedreams: Live!” performance at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas in 2005, and program no. 0713 (“Merriment at the Meyerson”). Tracks from her first CD for Raven have also been broadcast on “With Heart and Voice®” out of Rochester, New York (program 1309, “Psalms of Lament, Psalms of Reflection”), on RVM radio in Montreal, Quebec, in the Netherlands on HET ORGELUUR op GROOTNIEUWSRADIO 1008 AM, and in interview and broadcast on the Catholic Channel, SiriusXM 129, radio talk and music show “Sounds from the Spires,” with Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Director of Music at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

Many of Dr. Spritzer’s performances are notable for programs that champion unknown romantic works for organ as well as new compositions by living composers, and she often collaborates with other instruments such as harp and trombone. She designed and performs an educational concert about the organ that was featured as a “Best Bet for Children” in the Dallas Morning News. In October of 2011 she was a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan 51st Annual Conference on Organ Music, speaking about the life and music of R. L. Becker, on whom she wrote her doctoral dissertation. She gave a similar lecture and performance about Becker’s music in Louisville, KY on May 7th of 2012, and will be a featured artist at the AGO Regional Convention in Austin, TX on July 1st, 2013.

Recent recital appearances include with the 2012 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, at the University of Houston 2012 Conference on “Historical Eclecticism,” Louisville, KY (Cathedral of the Assumption), Sacramento, CA (All Saints Episcopal), Fayetteville, AK (First Baptist), Buffalo, NY (St. Paul’s Cathedral), Portland, OR (Trinity Episcopal Cathedral), Atlanta, GA (Peachtree Presbyterian), and numerous appearances in Texas: the Meyerson Symphony Center, Highland Park United Methodist Church, Saint Rita Catholic Community, Church of the Transfiguration, Church of the Ascension, Church of the Incarnation, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Spring Valley United Methodist Church, Wynne Chapel at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, University Park United Methodist Church, the “Big XII Trombone Conference” in Lubbock, and Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler. As a student, she received First and Second prizes in AGO Chapter and Regional Competitions in Portland, Oregon and Cleveland, Ohio, was a Finalist in the National Competition for Young Organists in Ottumwa, Iowa, was selected as one of the initial 25 competitors in the 2006 NYACOP, and received the Honorable Mention for Repertoire Playing and the prize for Best Hymn Playing in the graduate division of the Thirty-second Annual William C. Hall Pipe Organ Competition in San Antonio, Texas.

Her Doctor of Musical Arts degree was received from the University of North Texas, studying with Jesse Eschbach, and she is also a graduate of two more of the most prestigious music schools in the country, having received her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York with David Higgs and her Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying with Haskell Thomson and David Boe. Her organ teachers have included Gerre Hancock, Joel Martinson, Karel Paukert, and Delbert Saman.

 

 

 

 

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