Sunday Afternoon Recitals
September 27, 2020: Oak Martin
Student, Curtis Institute of Music
Organ Scholar, Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Trio Sonata in C Major, BWV 529
Margaret Vardell Sandresky (b. 1921), Sonata No. 1 for Organ (based on Grant Wood’s painting “Spring Turning”)
Adagio con moto
William Grant Still (1895-1978), Elegy
Oak Martin, 19, is a student of Alan Morrison at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and Organ Scholar at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church under Robert McCormick. In his capacity at Saint Mark’s, he assists in service playing, accompanying, choir training, and program administration. Previous positions include Assistant Organist and, later, Acting Associate Organist at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, where he studied with and worked beside Scott Atchison; and Organ Scholar at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta under Shannon Gallier. Oak was also a student of the Cathedral’s own Dr. Jack Michener. In 2019 he graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy where he studied organ with Tom Bara and voice with John Bragle, and received a fine arts award in Organ Performance. This season, Curtis students have returned to their hometowns for online classes, and Oak has rejoined the staff at Peachtree Road UMC as Organ Scholar, where he assists in service playing, concert programming, library management, and program administration until returning to Philadelphia.
As a concert artist, he has performed on the programs of the Cathedral of St. Philip, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Girard College, and numerous performances for various American Guild of Organists functions. He has accompanied numerous ensembles, instrumentalists, and choral festivals. During his free time he enjoys composition and gardening.