Jens Korndörfer is appointed associate professor of organ at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, effective August 2023. Korndörfer leads a career as performer, educator, and church musician. He has performed at venues and festivals such as Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco; Montreal Bach Festival; cathedrals in Washington, Berlin, Paris, Salzburg, Oslo, and Moscow; Westminster Abbey, London; Suntory Hall, Tokyo; and the Cultural Centre in Hong Kong. Korndörfer’s repertoire reaches from the Renaissance through the present, including transcriptions, commissions, and world premieres. He frequently collaborates with other musicians, has performed with orchestras, and has recorded five CDs.
Korndörfer rebuilt the organ program at Georgia State University, Atlanta, where he taught applied organ and service playing/improvisation and organized internships for graduate students at local churches. He is frequently invited as guest speaker and clinician and has given masterclasses and presentations for American Guild of Organists chapters, at conventions, universities, and concert halls.
As director of music and organist for First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Korndörfer oversaw a large music and arts ministry. Highlights of his 11-year tenure include the renovation of the sanctuary organ (Klais/Schlueter, four manuals, 112 ranks), frequent collaborations with major cultural players such as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the introduction of programs that raise awareness for minorities in the classical arts.
A top-honor graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, Oberlin Conservatory, the Musikhochschule in Bayreuth, and McGill University in Montreal, Korndörfer’s teachers include Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, James David Christie, and Ludger Lohmann.
He is represented by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.
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