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Laura Dahl, pianist
Robert Huw Morgan, organist



Laura Dahl, pianist

Pianist Laura Dahl, active as a performer both in the United States and abroad, has played in venues including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Henley Festival (England), Davies Symphony Hall, the Carmel Bach Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Festival. Dahl was formerly the Associate Director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus and with them her engagements included a recital at Carnegie Hall, a critically acclaimed benefit concert with mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade, and an appearance at the San Francisco Stern Grove Festival with mezzo soprano Susan Graham.

Dahl is a member of the music faculty at Stanford University, where she teaches collaborative and solo piano, chamber music, art song interpretation, and diction. In addition, she was Music Director of the 1999 Stanford production of Threepenny Opera. Internationally in demand as a teacher and coach, Dahl has also served on the faculty of the New National Theatre Young Artists Training Program in Tokyo, Japan.

Together with violinist Dawn Harms and cellist Emil Miland, Dahl is a founding member of the Harmida Piano Trio which is quickly building a reputation as a uniquely passionate and accomplished ensemble on the American chamber music scene. Each member brings years of acknowledged artistry and experience to the trio which celebrates the standard literature as well as a commitment to the commissioning and performing of new works. Recent performances include a critically celebrated appearance at the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco.

Dahl set a precedent as the first musician to be named a German Chancellor's Scholar of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1992. She lived two years in Germany, studying under the tutelage of pianist Phillip Moll and baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. In association with the San Francisco Opera Center, Dahl was Assistant Conductor for Western Opera Theater in 1996, as well as a member of the Merola Opera Program. Dahl was an invited fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center for two years and has held coaching and accompanying positions at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Banff Academy of Singing, the Music Academy of the West, and the University of Michigan Opera Theater. Dahl's education includes the Master of Music Degree with highest honors from the New England Conservatory of Music. She was a student of Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, and Eckart Sellheim.



Robert Huw Morgan, organist

Robert Huw Morgan is the University Organist at Stanford University. A native of Wales, he received his BA and MA from Cambridge University and in 1989 became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Between 1985 and 1988, he was an Organ Scholar at St. John's College, Cambridge University where his duties included playing the organ for the daily services in the College Chapel, and assisting in the direction of the celebrated choir of boys and men. During that time, he studied with the great British virtuoso, Nicholas Kynaston. In July 1999, he obtained two DMAs in Organ Performance and Orchestral Conducting from the University of Washington in Seattle, where his teachers were Professors Carole Terry (organ) and Peter Eros (conducting). From 1994 to 1996 he was a staff piano accompanist at the University of Washington School of Music and thereafter, for three years, was the Assistant Conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and Opera. In this role, he conducted performances of The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, Hansel & Gretel, and Falstaff. As both an accompanist and soloist, he has toured in Europe, the U.S., and Australia and has recorded performances for BBC Television and Radio, as well as for television and radio stations in the United States, Australia, and Canada. In addition to his duties at Memorial Church he also holds the position of Lecturer in Organ at Stanford University, and is the director of the Stanford Memorial Church Choir and the Department of Music's 50-voice concert choir, the Stanford University Singers.


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