Michael Ging is a church musician, organist, and entrepreneur.
A veteran of the concert stage, Dr. Ging garners critical and audience acclaim for his performances throughout the United States and Mexico. A review of his Sunday-evening recital opening the 2015 L’Organo Recital Series published in The American Organist reads:
“Michael Ging began the series in fine style on Sunday night, with a flawless recital at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. After a fine opening with the Bach A-minor Prelude and Fugue, music of Reger, Vierne, Langlais, Alain, and Duruflé showed off instrument and player to perfection; Töpfer’s Sonata in D Minor was a rare gem.”
Increasingly in demand as a concert artist, Dr. Ging makes his French and German debuts in the 2019–2020 season with recitals in the L’église de la Madeleine (Paris) and the Magdeburg Dom. He also performs solo recitals in Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Texas. He performed solo recitals in Atlanta, Austin, Santa Fe, Spartanburg, Washington, D.C., and throughout the Houston area during a busy 2018–2019 season. Additionally he performed Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living with the Houston Choral Society under the direction of Dr. Kevin Klotz.
As an orchestral soloist, Dr. Ging has performed Samuel Barber’s Toccata Festiva (Houston Civic Symphony), Howard Hanson’s Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Harp (New Hope Festival Orchestra), and J.S. Bach’s concertos for multiple harpsichords (Bach Society Houston). His festival credits include appearances at the 11th International Organ and Early Music Festival (Oaxaca, Mexico), the Leipzig in Houston Festival, the Houston Early Music Festival, the University of Alabama Piano and Organ Festival, and three solo recitals at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (2009, 2015, and as a replacement artist on 48-hour’s notice in 2017).
Since being appointed Organist/Choirmaster at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church (Folly Beach, South Carolina) at age fourteen, Dr. Ging has become one of the most active liturgical organists in the United States. As Director of Music/Organist-in-Residence at New Hope Lutheran Church (Missouri City) and as Associate Director of Music/Organist at St. John Vianney Catholic Church (Houston), Dr. Ging plays for over 400 liturgies each year. At New Hope, Dr. Ging leads a comprehensive music ministry, directs the Sanctuary Choir, and is the founding Artistic Director of the Phil Kramer Recital Series. At St. John Vianney, a thriving parish of 15,000 members, Dr. Ging directs the Vespers Choir and accompanies the Schola Hispana in addition to his service-playing duties.
Dr. Ging received his education in prestigious academic settings. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Houston where he studied organ with Robert Bates, conducting with Betsy Cook Weber, and completed his dissertation, “Orchestrations and Transformations: Guilmant, Widor, and the Emergence of Music for Organ and Orchestra in France,” under the guidance of Matthew Dirst. He holds a master’s degree from Rice University, where he studied with Ken Cowan as recipient of the Frederick Royal Gibbons Memorial Scholarship, generously funded by ZZ Top lead singer Billy Gibbons. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jack Mitchener. He pursued his early musical studies in his native Charleston, South Carolina, with Stephen Distad and Sarah Younkin. Additional studies include harpsichord with Matthew Dirst and improvisation with George Baker and Sigurd Øgaard.
In addition to his rigorous performance schedule Dr. Ging is Managing Partner of Seven Eight Records, LLC, a company that operates the emerging classical music record label Seven Eight Records and Seven Eight Artists, an international artist management agency that has blossomed into one of the leading rosters for organists worldwide.
Dr. Ging resides in Houston with his wife, soprano and vocal pedagogue Sarah Lysiak-Ging.
Michael Ging is represented by Seven Eight Artists.