Church Musician and Organist, Graeme Shields, of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church will offer an Organ Concert as the church season of Lent starts. If you are curious about the workings of the organ or have never been to an organ concert before, this would be a great one to come to. All ages are welcome. The cost is free, but donations will be accepted to help with the costs of refurbishing the organ.
Graeme Shields (b. 1992) is a Canadian-born composer residing in Kalamazoo, MI. Currently working as the organist at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Haven, MI, Graeme has had works performed in the United States, Canada, and Russia. He has written for Spektral Quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, PRISM Quartet, Origin Brass, University of Minnesota-Duluth Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and many other artists and ensembles.
As an instrumentalist, Graeme has held numerous organist and accompanist positions across Minnesota and Michigan. He has regularly worked as an accompanist in state competitions, musical theatre settings, and for the Turkish American Musical Theatre Alliance (2013), fostering his love for collaborating with other musicians. This has led to his organization of many concerts and commissions of new music.
Winner of numerous scholarships from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Shields also received the first Achievement in "Composer for Original Music" from the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival program. He has secured artist residencies at Warbler's Roost in South River, ON (2017) and Azule in Hot Springs, NC (2016). Graeme holds a Bachelor of Music Theory and Composition from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a Master of Music in Composition from Western Michigan University. He has studied with Lisa Coons, Christopher Biggs, Richard Adams, and Justin Rubin. Graeme is a founding member of the composer-organist duo Vital Organ Project.