The Organ as Teacher: The Legacy of Performance Pedagogy at Old West Church
Margaret Angelini Moderator with Barbara Bruns, Susan Ferre, and Anne Labounsky
Panelists discuss their personal histories of teaching organ performance. They focus on discoveries they have made at the Old West Church organ (C.B. Fisk, Op. 55) and at other remarkable teaching instruments, how these discoveries have informed their teaching styles, and what insights teachers can gain from these discoveries today.
Margaret Angelini began her organ studies as a freshman at Wellesley College with Frank Taylor, and completed a master’s degree in organ performance at New England Conservatory with William Porter. Since then, she has given numerous performances throughout New England on organ, harpsichord, and carillon. She teaches piano and music theory at Stonehill College and also teaches carillon at Wellesley College, where is advisor to the twenty-five-member student Guild of Carillonneurs. She also serves as organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sharon. She is an active member of the Boston chapter of the American Guild of Organists, where she has served on numerous committees, and has served as both sub-dean and dean. She has also served on the board of the Old West Organ Society, where, after holding many roles, she is now executive director.