1000 Bits and Pipes and Buttons
April 16, 2015
Memorial Chapel
Co-sponsored with the Music Department and Electrical and Computer Engineering.


This talk will describe a software application that allows organists to create combinations of stops, that is combinations of pipes to be played. These stop combinations can then be saved and transferred to an organ. The focus of the talk will be on the user-interface which was designed to be easy to use by organists, who are not necessarily experienced computer users.

Bio: Stefan Kießling has toured Europe, the USA, Canada, Siberia, and Australia as a concert organist. He is currently assistant organist at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany, where Johann Sebastian Bach served as cantor from 1723 until 1750. Furthermore he has worked as organist and artistic director of an international concert series at the Klosterkirche Cottbus for 15 years and the Braunschweig cathedral in 2008. His varied activities included work as teacher at the conservatory Cottbus as well as several recordings for broadcast and TV. Born in Görlitz, his musical way led him through several stages in education of the organ and harpsichord to Leipzig, where he began to study organ with Stefan Johannes Bleicher in 2000. After lessons with Prof. Dr. Christoph Krummacher and Stefan Nusser, Stefan Kießling took his exam in 2005 in St Nikolai church Leipzig. In addition he attenden several masterclasses with Ton Koopman, Wolfgang Rübsam, Hans-Ola Ericsson a.o. as well as a post-graduate study in Leipzig with Prof. Stefan Engels, which he finished in 2008. Stefan Kießling is active both as organ soloist and chamber music partner.

Other events with Stefan Kießling:

Wed. 4/15, 3pm:
"Insights into Leipzip" (lecture in German). Library Room 222.
Fri. 4/17, 9:15am:
"The Chorale in Baroque Music" (lecture). Taylor Music Center Room 224.
Sat. 4/18, 1pm:
Organ Concert of 19th century music. Zion Lutheran Church, 153 Nott Terrace.
Mon. 4/20, 5pm:
Organ Concert of music by Johann Sebastian Bach. Memorial Chapel.

Please email Kristina Striegnitz (striegnk@union.edu) if you have any questions concerning the seminar series or if you would like to receive the seminar announcements by email.