Organist Bryan Mock to Present Recital – On Sunday, February 19, the Wichita Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is privileged to present chapter member Bryan Mock in recital at the First United Methodist Church, 330 N Broadway in Wichita. The 4 p.m. program is entitled Dance of the Spirit, featuring organ works by Robert Greene, Jr., Nicholas de Grigny, J.S. Bach, and Maurice Duruflé. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this free recital by First Methodist Church’s organist.
Dr. Bryan Mock was raised in northern Indiana where early participation in choirs started his life-long journey in church music. He had also been taking piano lessons from the choir director, and eventually organ lessons. Being inculcated so early into music ministry, he chose to pursue that dream by entering study at Western Michigan University, where he earned the Bachelor of Music Degree in organ performance and music education. From there he pursued graduate studies at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he earned the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in organ performance. During that time, he was the winner of the 1988 Strader International Organ Competition.
Simultaneously during graduate study, he was called to be the Director of Music at a small Episcopal church in suburban Cincinnati. This is a position he retained for the next 37 years, building the program to include four all-volunteer choirs (Adult, Teen, Children, and Handbell). In addition, he took the core of the singing choirs on five Choir Residencies for a week each at the English Cathedrals of Wells, Worcester, Durham, Canterbury, and Winchester, during which the choir sang the daily Evensong service every day.
For fifteen years he was the Associate Director of the Cincinnati Boychoir, in which his primary responsibilities were teaching and directing the Training Choir of the three-choir system. He was appointed Interim Artistic Director of the Boychoir for one year when the Artistic Director retired, and took the top group, the Tour Choir, on a concert tour of the South. He was also Adjunct Associate Professor of Organ at the College-Conservatory of Music, teaching studio organ and organ literature classes.
Bryan has been heard in recitals at venues including Memorial Hall, Methuen, MA, and Boston’s Old West Church, as well as overseas venues such as Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. His hobbies include reading and riding his motorcycle, although not at the same time. He has two grown sons, Joseph, a Chemical Engineer, who lives near Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Elijah, a graphic designer, who lives in Brooklyn, NY.