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Margaret Martin Kvamme Organ Recital
Margaret Martin Kvamme has been described by The American Record Guide as "intelligent and especially sensitive to the lyrical qualities of the music." Margaret was named first-prize winner of the 1993 Naples International Organ Festival Competition in Florida. Solo organ engagements have taken her throughout the San Francisco Bay area, the central California coast, to her native Ontario, Canada, and also to Michigan, Arizona and New York. In 2005 she was featured on the Johnson Series in Holsclaw Hall at the University of Arizona.
Margaret was formerly Director of the Concert Choir at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Director of Choral Activities at Marygrove College in Detroit. An honors graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, she holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance and Choral Conducting from the University of Michigan. Her studies at the organ have been with David Craighead, Robert Glasgow, David Higgs, David Palmer and Sandra Soderlund.
Margaret’s debut solo album, Sevenfold Gifts, was released by the Albany label in 2007 and was recorded on the 1898 Felgemaker organ at Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz. The American Record Guide called the recording "... beautifully [played] by a sensitive and creative artist" and it was described as "an interesting program well played on an exquisite instrument". The CD is available on iTunes and at amazon.com.
Currently Margaret is active as a private teacher and freelance organist, and serves the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos as Associate Organist.