Announcing our new Organist-in-Residence Dr. Christoph Bull
It gives me great pleasure to announce that, after several productive months of working with our Organist Search Committee, numerous interviews, auditions, and conversations we have selected the next Organist in Residence for First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. I know you will join me, along with Dr. Jonathan Talberg, in welcoming to our staff Dr. Christoph Bull, who has accepted this prestigious position. He will begin his tenure with us on Sunday, October 20, 2013; an appropriate morning as we celebrate the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in our worship service that day.
Christoph Bull is certainly no stranger to us here at First Church, having performed at the console of The Great Organs many times over the years - whether as a guest artist with the Los Angeles Bach Festival, a midday concert, or events with the American Guild of Organists. One of the world's most unique organ artists, equally versed in classical and popular music, Christoph has performed in Europe, the United States, Taiwan, El Salvador, Russia and India, at venues including Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center in New York, the Catholic Cathedrals of Moscow, Salzburg and Saint-Denis, as well as rock clubs such as The Viper Room, The Roxy and The Whisky in Los Angeles. He has collaborated with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony, Grammy-winning Southwest Chamber Music and contributed to projects by Steven Spielberg, Harry Connick, Jr., George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Cindy Lauper, Lili Haydn, Jack Dempsey and Nishat Khan.
I felt an immediate rapport with Christoph in the interview process, and I have no doubt that he'll not only continue the great tradition of fine organ music here at First Congregational Church, but that he'll take us to even higher levels of inspiration. He has that rare combination of great musical ability as well as a winning personality. I look forward to not only collaborating with him each week, but to what he and Dr. Talberg can accomplish together as well. I am confident that our congregation will be moved by his music and artistry, too.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of our Organist Search Committee for their dedication and service as we conducted this search. Thank you to, Edward Delap, Peter Glawatz, Roger Hardesty, Caryl Thomason, James Tipper, and Stowell Werden. They did a tremendous job, and on behalf of the entire congregation, I express our appreciation for their hard work.
Dr. R. Scott Colglazier