SharonRose Pfeiffer has concertized extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including organ solos, recitals and radio broadcasts in New York City, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, Wheaton College in Illinois, and also in France. The winter of a Fulbright scholarship, Dr. Pfeiffer spent a year in Toulouse, coaching with the late composer and organist Xavier Darasse, and researching organ restorations in southern France. During that year, she won first prize in the prestigious Concours Internationale des Arts Renaissance. On a concert tour of southern France, one reviewer described her playing as “exuberant…profoundly sensitive.” (La Dépêche)
A native of Ridgefield, New Jersey, Dr. Pfeiffer began her career as a church musician at the age of 13. She has served as organist/choirmaster for several major churches, implementing and developing extensive choir programs. Currently, she is an Artist-is-Residence for Gloriæ Dei Artes Foundation, and director of the Community of Jesus youth choirs.
Dr. Pfeiffer received her Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, summa cum laude. She earned her Masters Degree and Doctorate in organ performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she was teaching assistant to David Craighead in organ and to Arthur Haas in harpsichord. During her time in Rochester, she was also Instructor of Organ and Harpsichord at Nazareth College, and Music Consultant for the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester.
James Jordan has performed as an organ accompanist and soloist throughout the United States and Eastern and Western Europe. Cited as performing both “authoritatively and sensitively” by the Boston Globe, and as a “superb performer,” by the American Record Guide, Jordan earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, studying with Robert Anderson. As a student of David Craighead, he received his Masters Degree, Doctorate and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He has published in the American Choral Review and was contributing author to American Sacred Choral Music – An Overview and Handbook (Paraclete Press, 2001). Dr. Jordan has done extensive work in Gregorian Chant as a member of the Gloriæ Dei Cantores Schola, studying under the late Dr. Mary Berry. He has also been featured on numerous Gloriæ Dei Cantores recordings as well as solo organ recordings, including the recent release with David Chalmers and SharonRose Pfeiffer of The Mystical Colors of Christ, a tribute to Olivier Messiaen.
David Chalmers – (On Medical Leave)
Explore the musical sound-world of French composer Olivier Messiaen in this collection of his organ works based on events from the life of Christ. The program booklet includes beautiful original artwork created especially for the recording, and insightful notes on the featured works. Recorded by the organists of Gloriæ Dei Artes Foundation, on the E.M. Skinner organ of the Church of the Transfiguration. Click here to purchase or hear tracks
The heraldic voices of brass, bells and organ announce the majesty of Christ — his human birth as an infant in the stable at Bethlehem, his glorification on the mount of Transfiguration, the descent of his Holy Spirit in tongues of fire. Burnished Bright is a sophisticated and dynamic blend of these sacred instruments. Opening and closing the recording are two fanfares written for the Church of the Transfiguration and based on Gregorian chants. Made in the splendid acoustics of the stone Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, Massachusetts, the recording features the large E.M. Skinner organ with is grand and colorful sound. Click here to purchase or hear tracks