Alison Luedecke


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Organist, HarpsichordistDr. Alison J. Luedecke is very active as a solo concert artist and has performed across the US, as well as in Canada and Europe. She has performed at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the Hymn Society, and the Organ Historical Society.As an ensemble musician, Dr. Luedecke performs with, and is a founding member of the Millennia Consort, which features the Presidio Brass Quintet, percussion, and organ, and Millennia Too! with oboe/English horn and organ/harpsichord. Millennia Consort, California's premiere “organ plus” ensemble, is one of the finest ensembles with organ, brass quintet and percussion in the United States. It presents unique, dynamic programs that feature works through the millennia: premiering and showcasing exciting, new and accessible compositions in addition to transcriptions of music spanning the centuries. Millennia Too! presents an intimate chamber music offering and performs music written specifically for this combination of instruments, including premieres of new works by the best contemporary American composers, in addition to transcriptions of music spanning the millennia. Programs are varied in timbre and color by the combinations of instruments and with the exploitation of the variety of sounds of the pipe organ. As a freelance organist/harpsichordist she has performed with many groups in California including the Symphony Silicon Valley, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Peninsula Symphony, and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. As a recording artist, Dr. Luedecke has been heard numerous times on “Pipedreams”, a nationally syndicated show, and she is featured on several recordings including the award winning Sacred Legacy of Paris: Music of 20th Century Titular Organists; Divinium Mysterium: Music for the Nativity; Consoliere Classics; Transformations: Music for Organ and Other Instruments; and Chant Mosaics; all published by World Library Publications. Her solo disc presents a broad array of repertoire and is a retrospective of four of the earliest organs in North America built by Rudolph von Beckerath: Trinity Lutheran, Cleveland; St. Andrew’s/Dominion Douglass, Montreal; Stetson University, DeLand; and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Pittsburgh (Raven, OAR-610). Millennia Too! has a CD entitled Paradise Found: Reflections for Oboes and Organ featuring works that have been premiered by the ensemble recorded on the Martin Ott organ at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Pacific Beach, CA as well as favorites from the Baroque period recorded on the Fritts-Richards organ at All Souls Episcopal Church, Point Loma, CA. The most recent recording is with Millennia Consort Pictures of a New Beginning recorded at St. James by the Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, CA. This features works by California composers John Karl Hirten and Craig Phillips, arrangements by Jon Naples and Scott Sutherland (Pictures of an Exhibition), and other favorites.
Dr. Luedecke completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance at the Eastman School of Music as a student of David Craighead. Her church ministry has included positions as Director of Liturgical Music for the dioceses of Rochester, New York and San Diego, as well as Director of Liturgical Music and Organist positions both at the cathedral and parish level. She is currently Associate Organist at St. James by the Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, CA..
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