Marilyn Biery

Marilyn Biery, AAGO, ASCAPlus award winner, was a 1982 finalist in the National Open Competition in Organ Playing, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. Marilyn has served as Director of Music Ministries at The First Church of Christ in Hartford, Connecticut, Associate Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and most recently Minister of Music at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan.

Marilyn holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the University of Minnesota. Marilyn is a frequent collaborator with a number of American composers, including Libby Larsen, David Evan Thomas, Stephen Paulus, Pamela Decker, and James Hopkins. A series of her articles on American Organ Music was printed in The American Organist from July 2000 to June 2003; other articles have been published in The Diapason, on composer Harold Stover, organ professor Grigg Fountain, and the late Roy Johnson, former organ professor at the University of Arizona.


Marilyn Biery’s 2019 Fall Institute Events

Thursday, October 17

Keyboard to Keyboard
Breakout 2 (10:30 AM – 11:45 AM) | Fourth Presbyterian Sanctuary

Tips and techniques to fluently navigate between the organ and the piano in worship, both for pianists who are asked to play the organ occasionally, and for organists who are expected to go back and forth between the organ and piano on a regular basis. Discussion will include keyboard techniques, resources and information on organ registration.

Organ Music at GIA
Breakout 4 (2:45 PM – 4:00 PM) | Fourth Presbyterian Sanctuary

Explore the vast library of organ repertoire available at GIA, featuring music for keyboard only, music with minimal pedal, music for organ plus instruments, music for organ and brass, as well as wedding repertoire, preludes and postludes for worship, collections of African American music, hymn harmonizations and concert repertoire.

Friday, October 18

Afternoon Organ Concert
(2:15 PM – 2:45 PM) | Fourth Presbyterian Sanctuary

Celebrate Chicago! Hear music by composers with Chicago connections at Fourth Presbyterian Church, featuring Comes Autumn Time by Leo Sowerby, organist-choirmaster at St. James Episcopal Cathedral from 1927-1962, as well as associate organist at Fourth Presbyterian in 1919, Pavane by Richard Proulx, who had a long association with Holy Name Cathedral, Fanfare, Variations and Toccata on Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding by James Biery, graduate of Northwestern University with Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees in organ performance and church music, In Quiet Mood by Florence B. Price, the first African-American woman to have a work performed by a major orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in 1933 and In the Valley of Love and Delight (Variations on a Shaker tune) by David Evan Thomas, a Minneapolis-based composer who earned his undergraduate degree in trumpet from