The music ministry will present Concert Organist, Nathan Laube on the Great Moller Pipe Organ, Sunday, November 10th at 4PM in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, Shreveport. The Concert is free and Open to the public.
About Nathan J. Laube
A star among young classical musicians, concert organist Nathan J. Laube has quickly earned a place among the organ world’s elite performers. His brilliant playing and gracious demeanor have thrilled audiences and presenters across the United States and in Europe, and his creative programming of repertoire spanning five centuries, including his own virtuoso transcriptions of orchestral works, have earned high praise from critics and peers alike.
In addition to his busy performing schedule, Mr. Laube is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of young organists, and beginning in the fall of 2013 he joined the faculty of The Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York as Assistant Professor of Organ, where he teaches with distinguished Professors David Higgs and Edoardo Bellotti.
Mr. Laube holds a Master’s Degree in Organ from the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany where he was a student of Ludger Lohmann, and recipient of a German DAAD Fellowship Study Scholarship for his studies there. While in Stuttgart, he also studied improvisation with Jürgen Essl, and Harpsichord with Jörg Halubek.
As a recipient of a William Fulbright Grant, Nathan spent the 2010-2011 academic year studying with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse where he earned Prix de Spécialisé with the mention “Très Bien” and “Féliciations du Jury” – the two top honors – in addition to the Prix François Vidal from the city of Toulouse.
Nathan earned his Bachelor of Music Degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied organ with Alan Morrison and piano with Susan Starr. Upon graduating, he received the Institute’s two highest awards, the Landis Award for Excellence in Academics and the Aldwell Award for Excellence in Musical Studies. During his time at the Curtis Institute, Nathan also served as an Assistant Organist at the Wannamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy’s Department Store in downtown Philadelphia.
A native of Chicago, Mr. Laube’s early studies were with Donna Fortney (piano), Dr. Elizabeth Naegele (organ), and Dr. Louis Playford (piano and music theory) at the Chicago Academy for the Arts.
Mr. Laube has won top prizes at several distinguished competitions. Most recently he was awarded the “Stipendium des Bundespräsidenten” (Scholarship of the President of Germany) at the 2012 Felix Mendelssohn Preis in Berlin, which also included a performance in the Berlin Konzerthaus. In addition, Nathan won First Place at the National Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition in September 2004.
As a church musician, Nathan most recently served from 2011-2013 as Artist-in-Residence at the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris, France. Previously, he served as Organ Scholar at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.
Nathan has performed with numerous orchestras, chamber ensembles, and choruses including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Nashville Symphony, the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, The Chicago Master Singers, and collaborations with Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal trumpeter Chris Martin in acclaimed chamber music recitals in Chicago.
Mr. Laube frequently serves on the faculty for Pipe Organ Encounters in the USA, and he has also taught at the Oberlin Summer Organ Academy in Ohio and at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Summer Organ Academy in Philadelphia.
Other interests include medieval and modern architecture, gardening, international travel, exotic cuisine and cooking, as well as sketching and drawing.