Margaret Martin Kvamme

Recordings:  A Tale of Two Symphonies, 1 December 2007
Poulenc n’ Pipes, 10 March 2007

Kvamme_300wMargaret  Martin  Kvamme has been described in The American Organist as "a solid performer with ample technical facility and fine musicianship". The American Record Guide has called her "intelligent and especially sensitive to the lyrical qualities of the music." Margaret Kvamme was named first-prize winner of the 1993 Naples International Organ Festival Competition in Florida. Solo organ engagements have taken her throughout the San Francisco Bay area, the central California coast, to her native Ontario, Canada, and also to Michigan, New York, and Arizona. She has appeared on the "Distinguished Women at the Console" series in Akron, Ohio, was featured as solo artist with the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, and has been heard several times on Pipedreams. Also a conductor, Ms. Kvamme was formerly Director of the Concert Choir at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Director of Choral Activities at Marygrove College in Detroit. Ms. Kvamme served as Director of Music for Joint Venture Churches in San Jose, (leading two adult choirs and playing the organ for Episcopal and United Church of Christ congregations). She has also been Director of Music and Liturgy for First Lutheran Church in Palo Alto. Ms. Kvamme is an honors graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance and Choral Conducting from the University of Michigan. Her studies at the organ have been with David Craighead, Robert Glasgow, David Higgs, David Palmer and Sandra Soderlund. Her debut solo album, Sevenfold Gifts, was released by the Albany label in 2007 and was recorded on the 1898 Felgemaker organ at Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz. The American Record Guide called the recording "... beautifully [played] by a sensitive and creative artist" and "an interesting program well played on an exquisite instrument". Currently Ms. Kvamme is active as a private teacher and freelance organist and serves the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos as Associate Organist.

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