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Gordon Turk

Organist

Gordon Turk Gordon Turk is a prominent American concert organist. He has played throughout the United States, made two concert tours in Japan, and performed frequently in Europe, including the Ukraine and Russia, both as solo organist and with orchestra. The son of a Methodist minister in New Jersey, Turk began piano studies at age five and then organ when he was ten years old. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied piano and organ. He also studied with New York composer and organist McNeil Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, earning the Master's degree and the Doctor of Musical Arts, both with honors. He is a former Professor of Organ at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (1992–1999). Turk is particularly well known as resident organist of the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Since he took this post in 1974, the famed Robert Hope-Jones organ has been expanded to include 10,823 pipes (176 ranks) and enriched with a remarkably diverse tonal palette. Besides playing for weekly Sunday services, Turk offers solo recitals (along with guest concert organists) in the Auditorium on most Wednesdays and Saturdays in July and August.  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Place of birth
New Jersey
Profession
Composer, Organist

Education

Institution From To
Curtis Institute of Music

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