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First Friday Organ Concert with Keith Weber
December 5, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Recent GRAMMY-nominated Producer Keith Weber is a choral and orchestral conductor, vocal coach, choral clinician, organist,pianist, harpsichordist, and collaborator widely known for his musical versatility and excellence.He is currently Director of Music and Organist at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston and is Artistic Director of Grace Song, that presents captivating concerts of vocal chamber music, helps fine young American singers develop their careers and brings about the creation of exciting new music.
A native of western Pennsylvania, he holds a B.M.,cum laude, in Organ Performance from Southern Methodist University, an M.M. also from SMU and an M.S.M. from Perkins School of Theology.
Keith was the founding Associate Musical Director of the Lyric Opera of Dallas, and was Head Coach with the 2002-2005 Summer Festival, Opera In The Ozarks,and serves as a resource and vocal/career/life coach for dozens of fine singers.
As a recital collaborator and accompanist, Keith has worked with singers and instrumentalists across the United States, many in programs for Grace Song, Inc.and maintains ongoing relationships with tenor Vern Sutton (with whom he appeared on Garrison Keillor’s“A Prairie Home Companion” in May of 1999 – celebrating the release of a CD on the Ten Thousand Lakes[Schubert Club of Minnesota] label), sopranos Laura Claycomb and Melissa Givens, mezzo-soprano Natalie Arduino, tenor Dann Coakwell and baritone David Grogan.
Keith was invited along to join the PHC cast for the fun on the 2013 Prairie Home Companion Cruise of the Mediterranean Sea! As a Recording Producer, Keith has several discs to his credit; including two for Ars Lyrica Houston and the first professional-grade recording of the Houston Bach Society, a September 2012 release for The Houston Chamber Choir in addition to many release quality demo CD’s for talented young singers under his own label, GSI. His second recording for Ars Lyrica Houston received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Opera Recording of 2010, the only American recording so honored in that category that year. The 2013 season brings recordings for the University of Texas at Arlington,The Orpheus Chamber Singers, another disc for Ars Lyrica Houston and an on-going project of Walther violin sonatas with Sean Wang, Matthew Dirst and Barry Sills.
As an organist, Keith won the Dora Poteet Barclay Award (Outstanding Undergraduate, SMU), the Roy and Sue Johnson Award (Outstanding Senior, SMU), the 1982 B’nai B’rith Music Scholarship, the Ninth Annual Organ Competition of the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, the 1991 Region VII National Young Artists’ Playing Competition of the American Guild of Organists, was named finalist of the 1992 Spivey International Organ Competition and is widely known for his engaging organ recital programming. He served as Interim Organist at The Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX.