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Christina Harmon

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Adjunct Faculty, Organ

Christina Harmon recently retired as organist at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, where she served for 35 years as organist and for 20 as composer-in-residence. Presently she is the assistant organist at Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler, Texas, and adjunct instructor of organ at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

She is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Southern Methodist University. Her organ teachers include Jean Langlais, Guy Bovet, Dale Peters, Garth Peacock, and Robert Anderson. She has done further study at Union Theological Seminary and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In 1976 she completed a doctoral residency at the University of North Texas while serving as principal theory assistant to Robert Ottman, Chairman of the Music Theory Department. In addition, as a graduate assistant she taught organ and harpsichord.

She has worked as an organ and theory instructor at San Jacinto Junior College, Dallas Baptist University, the Dallas County Community College System, and the University of Texas at Dallas. Many of her former students are now professional students and prize winners. She is featured on several CDs, including Summershimmer, Music of Women Organists; The Music at Park Cities Baptist; Sing Gloria, the Choirs at St. Michael’s and All Angels; and Christmas in Dallas: Trumpet and Organ Christmas Music arranged by Christina Harmon and Performed by Members of the Dallas and Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestras. A new CD, The Organs of Keeweenaw, featuring Christina Harmon playing the organs of the Michigan Upper Peninsula, is now available from Raven recordings.

For many years Christina Harmon has given concerts in churches in the United States and in Europe, including Westminster Abbey (where she was invited to play two years in a row), and Westminster Cathedral. Her concerts at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and at the Cathedral of Chartres were given outstanding reviews:

“The public was caught up in the very brilliant and precise playing of this concert artist of great talent.”
L’Echo Republicain, Chartres, France

“We were able to appreciate the sensitivity, precision and virtuosity of the performance of Christina Harmon at Notre Dame Cathedral. Thanks to the high quality of her execution this concert was marvelous and exciting, and a very great success”
Inter-Orgue, Paris, France

Christina’s prize-winning compositions have received outstanding reviews from individuals and publications. She has won prizes for her compositions from the U.S. Naval Academy and from the Northeast Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Her works are published by Plymouth Music Publishing, Vivace Press, and Sacred Music Press. Recent works have been accepted for publishing by Delatour Music Publishing. Her works for choir, organ, and instruments have been performed in churches throughout the U.S. and Europe and are featured on recordings by Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet, Barbara Harbach, and others. Selected compositions and a bio are listed in Biographical Dictionary of the Organ, by W.B. Henshaw, published by Bardon Music.

In 1986 she founded the French and British Organ Music Seminars, which have become events of international status in which organists from all over the world study and perform on some of the greatest European organs (www.bfoms.com). In 2015 the French Organ Seminars will take organists to Holland, France, and Spain. In addition she is the editor of six DVDs which feature the Parisian organs and organists of Ste-Clotilde, Notre-Dame d’Auteuil, and St-Sulpice, all available through the Organ Historical Society.