Jan Kraybill Concert

Jan Kraybill Concert
Saturday, February 8, 2020 – 7:30PM

Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
11 4th AVE SW, Rochester MN


Dateline:  Rochester, MN – Friday, January 3, 2020

Organist JAN KRAYBILL is coming back to the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist to offer an exclusive organ recital on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm! Dr. Kraybill has been nominated to the 2020 GRAMMY® Awards for Best Immersive Audio Album, Best Classical Instrumental Solo, and Producer of the Year.

JAN KRAYBILL is a musical leader and dynamic speaker; a concert organist, pianist, and harpsichordist; an educator, church musician, and consultant; and an enthusiastic cheerleader for the power of music to change lives for the better.

In addition to maintaining a very active concert schedule, Dr. Kraybill is Organ Conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Organist-in-Residence at the international headquarters of Community of Christ in Independence, Missouri; and Organist at Village on Antioch Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Overland Park, Kansas. She plays and oversees the care of the Kansas City metro area’s three largest pipe organs: at Community of Christ, the Auditorium’s 113-rank Aeolian-Skinner (installed in 1959) and the Temple’s 102-rank Casavant (1993), and at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall, the 102-rank Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant (2012). 

Throughout her career Jan has performed as both a solo and collaborative musician, designed and led international hymn festivals, taught workshops on a variety of topics, and inspired audiences and congregations. While in high school in Colby, Kansas, Jan was invited to play her first European piano recital in Andover, England. Since then she has performed in many venues in North America, and in Australia, Europe, Russia, South Korea, and Tahiti.  She has undertaken multiple tours of the United Kingdom, including organ concerts at the grand cathedrals of Chester, Exeter, and St. Paul’s in London. In 2015, she designed and led a hymn festival at the International Gathering of Hymn Societies at Cambridge University.

Jan has been featured at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the American Choral Directors Association, the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and other musicians’ organizations, and has been heard many times on American Public Media’s nationally broadcast program Pipedreams.  She has collaborated with many ensembles, including the Bach Aria Soloists, the Phoenix Chorale, Kantorei Denver, the Kansas City Chorale, the Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus, and others.

Several solo CDs and collaborative recordings are available. Jan’s first solo CD, Two by 2: Two Organ Symphonies on Two Magnificent Organs, features both of Community of Christ’s pipe organs. Rejoice and Remember contains hymn arrangements for piano. The Auditorium Organ: Fifty Years of Excellence celebrated that organ’s 50th anniversary in 2009. Solo CDs of the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant were released by Reference Recordings in 2014 and 2019: Organ Polychrome features music by French composers, and The Orchestral Organ is a disc of transcriptions.  Jan has recorded for Reference with the Kansas City Symphony on several occasions.

Dr. Kraybill’s degrees in music education and piano and organ performance were earned at Kansas State University and the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  In 2010 she achieved the distinction of Fellow of the AGO, organists’ highest certification level.  She has served in many elected local, regional, and national roles in the AGO, The Hymn Society, and the Master Teacher Institute, most recently as Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada. She is a member of Mensa. Her extra-musical interests include antiquing, lace making, and riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Dr. Kraybill’s program in Rochester will include works by Tchaikovsky, J.S. Bach, R. Schumann, Duruflé and others.

Open to the public – free will offering.

The address of the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is 11 Fourth Ave. SW, Rochester, MN 55902.

Information on Jan Kraybill can be found at www.jankraybill.com

Any inquires can be sent to:  smodarelli@sjevangelist.caaat.pro