The 2023 Competition in Toronto
Performing on the Karl Wilhelm 1982 at Christ Church Deer Park
A native of Miami, Elena Baquerizo is pursuing a DMA in organ at Rice University under Ken Cowan. She has won prizes in the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival and the AGO/Quimby RCYO. Solo concert appearances include St. Patrick’s Cathedral (NYC) and Church of the Epiphany (Miami, FL). Currently, she is organist at Queen of Angels Church (Dickinson, TX). She received an MM and BM in organ performance at The Juilliard School under Paul Jacobs, and an AA in liberal arts from St. Mary’s College (Saint Marys, KS). In her spare time, she enjoys Gregorian chant and making chamber music.
Performing on the Casavant 1965 tracker at Our Lady of Sorrows
Performing on the 1970 Casavant tracker at Holy Trinity Eaton Centre
Owen Sammons is a Kentucky native and currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Versailles, KY. As a keyboard virtuoso, Mr. Sammons is gaining increasing recognition for his improvisational skills and his natural affinity for unleashing the full sonic range of the anglo-american symphonic organ, and leads workshops on organ improvisation for local AGO chapters.
Mr. Sammons is also the creator and host of a documentary series, “Organ Explorer,” highlighting notable pipe organs, and is an honorary member of the Black Classical Artists of Louisville.
Vice President, Casavant Frères
Simon Couture joined Casavant Frères in 1992. He studied organ at the Université Laval in Quebec City, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Musicology. Simon worked actively as a church musician in many churches in Quebec City, including the University Chapel. His lifelong interest and passion for the pipe organ and its history gives him an encyclopedic knowledge of older instruments, in particular those built by Casavant Frères. In developing our projects, Simon uses this extensive base of knowledge to design new pipe organs and to make plans for the restoration or refurbishment of existing instruments.
Chair, OHS Membership Committee
Dr. Michael Diorio earned his degrees in organ performance from Westminster Choir College, the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, and the College of Fine Arts at Boston University (summa cum laude). As a recitalist and conductor Michael has performed across the United States, the U.K., and Europe. He has appeared as an accompanist for the American Boy Choir and a featured soloist at the National Convention of the Organ Historical Society. His choral compositions, editions, and arrangements are published by Carus-Verlag, Paraclete Press, Church Publishing, and GIA Publications.
As an educator Michael has taught at The Shipley School; The Lawrenceville School, and at Westminster Choir College, where he is currently an adjunct assistant professor of organ. As a church musician, Michael has served at Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge PA, and Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr, PA. Michael was recently appointed Organist and Director of Music at the church of St. John the Evangelist, in Lambertville, NJ.
As an active member of the Organ Historical Society, Michael has served on the board of directors, the task force for the Kaleidoscope of Colors, and is the chair of the Membership Committee.
President, Létourneau Organs
Andrew Forrest was appointed President of Létourneau Pipe Organs in 2022, having worked for the company in a variety of roles since 1999. While overseeing the company, he remains focussed on individual projects, meeting regularly with clients as well as supervising the design, construction, and voicing of all instruments. He served as President of the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America from 2020 through 2022 and he remains active with the American Institute of Organbuilders. Fun fact: Mark Ruhnke was a music teacher at Andrew’s high school in Scarborough in the early 1990s and encouraged Andrew’s budding fascination with the pipe organ.
OHS Board Member
Carole Terry’s career as a renowned performer and teacher of the organ and harpsichord have taken her to many cities and universities throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. Known for her performances and recordings of German Romantic music, she is also an expert on the physiology of organ technique.
She has appeared at festivals, organ academies and master classes around the world and has adjudicated major competitions in Germany, Japan, England, Canada, and the United States. She has also been a featured recitalist at numerous American Guild of Organists’ conventions.
For the Musical Heritage Society, she recorded Brombaugh Organs of the Northwest and The Complete Organ Works of Johannes Brahms. As a harpsichordist she recorded works of Albright, Persichetti, Cowell, and Rorem for CRI, and baroque chamber music for Crystal Records (with violist Yizhak Schotten). Her recording, Carole Terry in Schwerin, is a two-CD set of German romantic organ music recorded on the notable 1871 Ladegast organ at Schwerin Cathedral, German. “Carole Terry plays the Watjen Concert Organ” was recorded at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Fisk, Opus 114.
Carole Terry is Professor of Organ and Harpsichord Emerita at the University of Washington where she taught for 40 years. In 2017, she was nominated for a Distinguished Teaching Award.
She was Visiting Professor of Organ for the fall semester of 2022 at Yale University.
She is represented by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists.
University of Toronto, Music Faculty
Patricia Wright is Minister of Music Emerita of Metropolitan United Church in Toronto, having served for 36 years. A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, she holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University and has studied in France with Nadia Boulanger and Jean Langlais. Dr. Wright has been heard in recital in the United States, Canada and Europe and has been broadcast on the C.B.C. She a past national president of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, having received an Honorary Fellowship in 1997 and now serves on the Professional Support Committee, the Examinations Committee, and the Convention Committee. She also was awarded a Fellowship in the Summer Institute of Church Music, having participated on the organ faculty for several sessions. She also has served as an Adjunct Professor of Organ in the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and in the Master of Sacred Music degree program of Emmanuel College.