Mark Steinbach, University Organist

MARK STEINBACH is University Organist, Curator of Instruments, and Senior Lecturer in Music at Brown University, where he teaches applied organ and seminars on topics such as historic performance practices and Olivier Messiaen. Mr. Steinbach concertizes and teaches frequently throughout the United States and Europe. A passionate advocate of both historic and new music, he premiered compositions of Brown University composers Eric Nathan and Wang Lu at Notre-Dame de Paris and Berlin’s Nikolai-kirche in summer 2016.  He was in residence for 5 days at Xi’an Conservatory of Music in Xi’an China in 2018 to teach and perform a solo recital in the new concert hall. He recorded “New Music and Bach for Organ” on Gottfried Silbermann’s magnum opus of 1755 in Dresden in summer 2019 (expected digital and CD release 2020. 

Mr. Steinbach has performed for the National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society, international organ festivals in Berlin, Halle, Dresden, Freiberg Cathedral, Rötha, Görlitz, Weimar and Lüneburg, Germany, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, the International Organ Festival at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, the Aosta, Courmayeur, Bolzano, Storici Organi della Valsesia, and Picena international organ festivals in Italy, and the Audite Organum festival in Prague. He performed the world premiere of Daniel Pinkham’s “Odes” at the American Guild of Organists Regional Convention and the U.S. premiere of Nico Muhly’s “O Antiphon Preludes” at Brown University. Mr. Steinbach has been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” performing on the 1640’s English cabinet organ in Wickford, Rhode Island, the oldest church organ in use in the United States. Mr. Steinbach served as Organist and Choirmaster of historic St. Paul’s Church in Wickford, Rhode Island for 23 years, building a substantial multi-generational music program.

Mr. Steinbach earned the bachelor of music degree from the University of Kansas where he studied with Jim Higdon.  As a Fulbright scholar he studied with Peter Planyavsky in Vienna, Austria. He earned the master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from The Eastman School of Music where he studied organ with David Craighead and harpsichord with Arthur Haas.

Mr. Steinbach’s critically acclaimed CD Organ Works of Anton Heiller (Loft) has been featured on America Public Media’s Pipedreams and The Organ Loft. Mr. Steinbach has adjudicated several organ competitions, including the American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition.  He has presented a lecture/demonstration on “Healthy Practice Techniques” for the American Guild of Organists National Convention.