Now in its 23rd season, the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford brings some of the world’s most promising young organists to Hartford to perform—and compete­—on Trinity’s renowned Austin pipe organ. The 2019 festival offers a sonic feast of concerts, recitals, and choral music, including
a hymn-playing competition where every listener is also a participant.

Tickets are required for the concerts on Friday and Sunday, available at;
All Saturday events are free.

More information is at

Music for Grand Organ and Orchestra

Friday, September 27, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 29, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Tickets $35–55, available at:

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Carolyn Kuan, music director
Christopher Houlihan, organist
John Nowacki, narrator

Including Gene Scheer’s Albert Schweitzer Portrait and Joseph Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante for organ and orchestra.

A pre-concert talk is offered one hour before each performance, in the Admissions and Career Development Center.

Young Professional Division Competition

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Each of three finalists presents a 45-minute solo recital that will include the performance of a J.S. Bach Trio Sonata and a César Franck Chorale, some of the most beautiful and technically challenging music in the organ repertoire. This year’s judges are distinguished organists Diane Meredith Belcher, Thomas Murray, and John Rose. The first prize includes $15,000 to encourage and support the winner’s continuing musical education.

10:00 a.m. Elena Baquerizo
11:00 a.m. Alexander Pattavina
12:45 p.m. Joseph Russell

Winner’s Recital

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

This year’s first-prize winner presents a recital.

Choral Evensong

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

Featuring the Festival Choir: The Chapel Singers of Trinity College and the choirs of St. James’s and St. John’s Churches, West Hartford. Music of Radcliffe, Stanford, and Gardiner.

Vaughn Mauren and Scott Lamlein, conductors; Benjamin Straley, organist.

A reflection will be offered by The Rev. Dr. Sidnie White Crawford ‘81, Willa Cather Professor of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism Emerita, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Hymn Playing Competition

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

The finalists compete once more, this time for the $2,500 David Spicer Hymn Playing Prize, demonstrating their ability to inspire and lead several hundred people in song.