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 lessons, music theory, and seminars in music.  Mr. Steinbach concertizes and teaches frequently throughout the United States and Europe. A passionate advocate of new music, he premiered compositions of Brown composers Eric Nathan and Wang Lu at Notre-Dame de Paris and Berlin’s Nikolaikirche in summer 2016. 

Mr. Steinbach has performed for the National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the International Organ Festival at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, the Courmayeur, Bolzano, Storici Organi della Valsesia, and Picena international organ festivals in Italy and organ festivals in Berlin, Halle and Lüneburg, Germany. 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, and RVM radio in Canada. Mr. Steinbach has been a member of the jury of several organ competitions, including the National American Guild of Organists Young Artists Competition.