Conservatory of Music
Professor of Organ and Harpsichord, College Organist
On Faculty since 1990
Office: McAlister 134
About Edward Zimmerman
Edward Zimmerman, is Professor of Music at Wheaton College-Conservatory of Music, where he teaches organ, harpsichord, counterpoint, and church music. He is also Conservatory Director of Academic Studies. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, where he studied with the late Russell Saunders. An accomplished church musician, he has held long tenures as minister of music at churches in Virginia and Illinois. His work on the liturgical music of French organist, Félix-Alexandre Guilmant, has been published in the anthology, French Organ Music from the Revolution to Franck and Widor. He currently maintains an active performance schedule, including appearances in England and on the Continent, and the Far East, as well as a schedule of solo concerts across the USA. His two-volume Compact Disc release on the Afka label, Germania, features the music of nineteenth century German organist, Otto Dienel, as performed on historic nineteenth century organs. As an organ consultant, he has assisted organ committees and designed organs throughout the USA and Canada, and as far away as Seoul, Korea. He recently performed a series of organ concerts for the Flanders Music Festival in Belgium, including an appearance on the international concert series of St. Salvator Cathedral in Brugge.
At Wheaton, he maintains a large and active studio of organ and harpsichord students from across the nation. The goal of the organ program is to prepare students for rewarding careers in organ performance and church music. Not only do students study great organ literature, but also the arts of improvisation and service playing, continuo playing, and conducting. Students are offered courses in Church Music and Hymnody, Bible and Theology, as well as Music Pedagogy, thus training well-rounded musicians, fully equipped to take their places as a leaders in music ministry, and prepared to enter the best graduate schools in the nation. We also take advantage of the rich musical culture in the greater Chicago area, with field trips and concerts.
Students have available to them a wide range of organs, including the spectacular Casavant organ in Edman Chapel. Comprising 50 stops and 70 ranks, four manuals and pedal, mechanical key action with electric stop action, plus double consoles and dual electric and mechanical action, the organ is the largest of its type in the metropolitan area, and singular among colleges and universities across the nation. In addition, Pierce Hall holds a recently installed (2011) two-manual and pedal pipe organ of 14 stops and 17 ranks with mechanical key and stop action, built in 1983 by Charles Hendrickson in the North German tradition. The College provides five student practice organs, including three tracker organs by Charles Ruggles (Op. 19) and Kurt Roderer, two electric action organs by Schlicker and Schantz, and harpsichords by Richard Kingston and others. A 4-stop continuo organ built by Thomas Donahue is also available to students for ensemble work.
Contact Dr. Zimmerman directly for more information, or to set up an audition.
Further Information on Organs and Organ Study at Wheaton