Parker Ramsay was introduced to the organ at age eleven in July 2003 at Pipe Organ Encounter in Athens, Ohio. Upon his return home to Burns, TN, he performed for Dr. Douglas Murray, organist First Presbyterian Church, who arranged for him to play for Wilma Jensen.

The years since that meeting have been eventful. Parker attended POE's in Atlanta and Nashville, and was featured recitalist before Choral Evensong at Nashville's Christ Church Cathedral in November 2005. In June 2006, he attended the RSCM New York City Course as one of two invited organ scholars, and traveled to England in July 2006 to participate in the Oundle Organ Institute's 'Style and Technique' and 'Prospective Organ Scholar' courses. This same year included recital appearances in Pompano Beach, Florida, Columbia, Tennessee, Nashville, Memphis and Davidson, North Carolina.

In addition to his organ studies and performances, Parker is an accomplished pianist, harpist and composer. Parker's studies are guided by the syllabus and examination system of the London-based Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Even though this organization was initially unfamiliar to Wilma, she worked diligently to familiarize herself with it, and helped him thoroughly prepare his organ examinations, in addition to his concert and church music repertoire. In December 2005 he was awarded Distinction marks in Grade 8 exams in piano, organ, and harp, with all three examinations taken within a span of four days. In May 2006, he sat the DipABRSM examination in organ, performing a recital that included Suite de Deuxieme Ton by Clerambault, Franck's Choral in A Minor, and Le Jardin Suspendu and Litanies by Jehan Alain.

In February 2006, his composition Gaudeamus: Choral Celebrations/or Christmastide, for treble voices and harp, was named the winning composition in the Music Teachers National Association National Composition Competition. He has been commissioned by St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Davidson, North Carolina to create a sacred work for treble voices, harp and organ, to be premiered in November 2006.

Parker served as principal harpist with Nashville's Curb Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as Middle Tennessee State University Orchestra and Tennessee Governor's School Orchestra.

Parker is now in England, where he is Junior Organ Scholar at Ely Cathedral and attends the King's School to complete the American equivalent of high school.

   
 

   

Andrew Peters was one of the 25 candidates chosen for the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) in 2005. He coached with Dr. Wilma Jensen in preparation for making a compact disc recording for the second round of the competition. He was then chosen as one of the seven final candidates in 2006.

Mr. Peters graduated cum laude with a church music degree and music department distinction from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, studying organ with John Ferguson. During graduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Mr. Peters was an organ student of Todd Wilson and served as music intern at Church of the Covenant (Presbyterian). After receiving his Master of Music degree, he worked as Minister of Music at First United Church of Christ in Milford, Connecticut for three years where he was organist and director of the church's seven choirs. Andrew Peters was Organist and Director of Music at Brentwood United Methodist Church, a 6,000 member church in Tennessee. He served as Dean/Elect and Dean of the Nashville Chapter of the AGO.

Presently, he is Choir Director and Organist at Second Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO.

   

Nashville Organ Master Class which meets monthly.

   
       
     

Mary Catherine Race
at the console of Methuen Memorial Music Hall where she played two recitals.

Mary Catherine began her organ studies with Wilma Jensen at the age of 13 in Nashville, TN. Wishing to continue her work with Wilma, she studied at Vanderbilt University, graduating with a B.Mus (1997). Following graduation, she traveled to work with David Sanger, Marie-Claire Alain, and Kimberly Marshall. In 1998 she was awarded a Marshall Scholarship for graduate studies at Oxford University, where she received a Masters in Music (2000). Mary Catherine has performed solo and chamber concerts as an organist and pianist in the U.S. and Europe, and she was recently a finalist in the Arthur Poister Competition. From 2004 to 2006, she served as organist first at St. James Episcopal Church, then at the Church of the Epiphany, both in Southern California. She is now married, living in Montreal, Canada, and pursuing a law degree at McGill University.

   

Dr. Janette Fishell
preparing for the dedication of the new Fisk organ.

Janette Fishell holds degrees in organ performance from Indiana University (BM and MM) and Northwestern University (D.Mus). She was Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University where she directed the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Sacred Music and Organ Performance and was Chair of Keyboard Studies. An active recitalist, recording artist, and pedagogue, she was also Director of Music/ Principal Organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal church, Greenville, NC where she oversaw and directed a full schedule of choral services and concert activities related to the C.B. Fisk, Opus 126 pipe organ. Her many years as a student and colleague of Wilma Jensen provided formative experiences that were fundamental in shaping her teaching, research and performance. Dr. Fishell is now Professor of Organ at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

   
Samuel Hutchison
Principal Organist and Curator for the Madison Symphony Orchestra where he plays the 72-rank Overture Concert Organ built by Orgelbau Klais of Bonn, Germany in 2004. Through creative and innovative programming, he has successfully developed well-attended concerts that appeal to a wide variety of listeners.
   

Paul Lee is a former student of Wilma Jensen at Indiana University in the Graduate School of Music. During that time he won the National Organ Competition of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Now he is Artistic Director of the Hattiesburg Civic Chorus and Concert Association, Inc. which he founded in 1996. He is Conductor of the Meistersingers' and the Festival Chamber Orchestra. The group performs major repertoire with orchestra as well as other creative programs. In addition, he is Organist-Choirmaster at St. John's Episcopal Church, Laurel, Mississippi.

   
 
 
   
Wilma Jensen and Dr. Mellichamp before Jensen recital on new Casavant tracker organ.    

James F. Mellichamp is President at Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia. Since 1982 he has been a member of the music faculty, former chair of the department of music, and now Professor of Music. Dr. Mellichamp holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama; the Diploma in Sacred Music from the Hochschule fuer Musik, Herford, Germany; and the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. His organ teachers include Harald Rohlig, Arno Schoenstedt, and Wilma Jensen.

Dr. Mellichamp has performed frequently in recitals throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. As an organ consultant, he has been responsible for the design of new organs for churches and colleges in the United States. He is also the author of articles related to organology that have been published in various musical periodicals. A compact disk recording by Dr. Mellichamp, The Sewell Organ at Piedmont College, is available for purchase from the Organ Historical Society at www.ohscatalog.com.