Downers Grove 
Choral Society
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Downers Grove IL

Edward Zimmerman, Organ

Edward Zimmerman is Professor of Music at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, where he teaches organ, harpsichord, counterpoint, and church music. He is also Conservatory Director of Academic Studies. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, where he studied with the late Russell Saunders. He holds additional degrees from James Madison University, the University of Virginia, and Hampden-Sydney College. An accomplished church musician, he has held long tenures as minister of music at churches in Virginia and Illinois. His work on the liturgical music of French organist, Félix-Alexandre Guilmant, has been published in the anthology, French Organ Music from the Revolution to Franck and Widor. He currently maintains an active performance schedule, including appearances in England and on the Continent, and the Far East, as well as a schedule of solo concerts across the USA. His two-volume Compact Disc release on the Afka label, Germania, features the music of nineteenth century German organist, Otto Dienel, as performed on historic nineteenth century organs. As an organ consultant, he has assisted organ committees and designed organs throughout the USA and Canada, and as far away as Seoul, Korea. He recently performed a series of organ concerts for the Flanders Music Festival in Belgium, including an appearance on the international concert series of St. Salvator Cathedral in Brugge.
At Wheaton, he maintains a large and active studio of organ and harpsichord students from across the nation. The goal of the organ program is to prepare students for rewarding careers in organ performance and church music. Not only do students study great organ literature, but also the arts of improvisation and service playing, continuo playing, and conducting. Students are offered courses in Church Music and Hymnody, Bible and Theology, as well as Music Pedagogy, thus training well-rounded musicians, fully equipped to take their places as a leaders in music ministry, and prepared to enter the best graduate schools in the nation. We also take advantage of the rich musical culture in the greater Chicago area, with field trips and concerts.