Concert Organist Isabelle Demers to Perform at BC
Concert organist Isabelle Demers will present a lyceum on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m. at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren located at 420 College View Drive.
A native of Québec, Canada, Demers is rapidly becoming recognized as one of North America’s most virtuosic organists. Her concert at the 2010 national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Washington, D.C., was received with great acclaim not only by critics, who deemed it “one of the most outstanding events of the convention” (The American Organist), but also by the standing-room-only audience, who called her back five times.
Demers started studying piano at age 6 and, at age 11, began piano and organ study at the Montréal Conservatory of Music. Following graduation in 2003, she spent a year in Paris studying at the École Normale de Paris-Alfred Cortot. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City, where she studied under Paul Jacobs. Her dissertation – an analysis of Bach’s St. John Passion – received the Richard French prize for best dissertation.
She was a featured performer at the 2008 national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Minneapolis, and her performance was later broadcast to a national radio audience. She was also a featured artist at the 2009 national convention of the Royal Canadian College of Organists in Toronto.
Demers, a prize-winner and finalist in several international performance competitions in the United States, Canada and Europe, performs widely in the U.S. and Canada.
Her debut recording on the British label Acis was met with critical acclaim. Demers’ second disc, which features the organ works of Rachel Laurin, was released in June 2011.
Demers is assistant professor of organ at Baylor University in Texas.
The program is open to the public at no charge.