Organ, Piano, Harpsichord
Trudy Faber is organist at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Springfield OH and Professor Emerita of music at Wittenberg University. She continues to teach organ, piano, and harpsichord at Wittenberg. In addition, she presents lectures for music history classes and also for special groups, such as churches and the Women’s Association of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (WASSO), and gives pre-concert lectures for concerts by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. In the spring of 1998 she was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from Wittenberg University. One of her senior organ students won the Paul Manz national organ playing contest in 2004.
After graduation from Calvin College, Michigan, Trudy received a Fulbright Scholarship for a year of study at the Amsterdam Conservatory, The Netherlands, in organ, harpsichord, and continuo-playing with Gustav Leonhardt, a world-renowned Baroque music scholar. She continued with graduate work in musicology at the University of Toronto, also studying harpsichord with Greta Kraus at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and completed her MA in Music on a full scholarship at Smith College, Massachusetts. She has done additional graduate work at Stanford University and the New England Conservatory; she has studied organ with Anton Heiller and harpsichord with Kenneth Gilbert at the Summer International Organ Concours in Haarlem, The Netherlands.
As a recitalist, Trudy has performed in 31 states throughout the USA and in 9 countries as an organist and/or harpsichordist. Highlights of her recitals include the following. Twice she has performed at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England, as well as at Coventry and Guildford Cathedrals, St. John’s Cathedral, Albuquerque, NM, and Washington Cathedral, Washington D.C. She was one of four chosen to perform on the 1997 Distinguished Organists Recital Series at the Cadet Chapel, West Point, New York, playing their 326 rank organ (third largest in the world) and has also performed at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs. One summer she concertized from coast to coast, performing on an historic organ in Deer Isle, Maine and playing two recitals at the annual Mt. Angel Abbey Bach Festival, Oregon.
Several times she has performed as the guest artist, both as organist and harpsichordist, with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Five times she has had sabbaticals from Wittenberg to go on European recital tours, performing on the famous historic Silbermann organ in Rötha, and at the Castle Church (where Luther nailed his 95 theses) in Wittenberg, Germany in 2007. That year she also presented two recitals in Berlin and gave her third performance at the historic St. Nicolas Church, Leipzig (Bach’s church).
A specialist in Baroque music, she has presented papers, recitals, and workshops on various aspects of dance elements in the music of Bach for colleges, various chapters of the AGO (American Guild of Organists), and national and international events. She has given her lecture/recital presentation on Bach and the Dance in venues around the country, including national conventions of music organizations. In 2009 Trudy received a major grant from Wittenberg to do research and to perform in Sweden and Latvia. She wrote about her experiences in two articles called “Reflections on Worship and Organs in Latvia and Sweden,” which were published in The American Organist, the international journal of The American Guild of Organists (AGO) in 2010.
Another special interest is women composers. As a Wittenberg professor, she taught a course on Women in Music, has given lectures on the 12th-Century abbess Hildegard von Bingen, has presented organ and harpsichord recitals featuring the music of women, and has been chosen to give lecture/recitals at national and international conferences on women composers in California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia.