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Christa Rakich

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Concert and recording artist Christa Rakich is Artist-in-Residence at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brookline, Mass., and directs the Music Program at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford, Conn. She previously served as Assistant University Organist at Harvard.

A prizewinner at international organ competitions (notably Bruges 1976), Rakich has received particular acclaim for her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach. With keyboardist Peter Sykes, she performed a complete cycle of Bach’s keyboard works in a series of 34 concerts from 2003 to 2005 aptly named "Tuesdays with Sebastian." Christa Rakich is a founding member of Ensemble Duemila, and performs regularly with the Fanfare Consort. As a soloist, she performs under the aegis of Independent Concert Artists.

Rakich’s performing career has taken her throughout the United States and Europe. Of her featured concert at the Year 2000 National AGO Convention in Seattle, critics said, “Rakich’s wonderfully natural ebb and flow went right to the music’s heart.  The urbane charm and wit certainly came across, as did just the right bit of wildness...”  (The American Organist, October 2000). “Christa Rakich’s performance and playing ability were exquisitely matched to the justly famous Flentrop at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle. She seemed to innately sense the length of phrase for the magnificent acoustic of this formidable box of a room...”  (The Diapason, November 2000).

Recordings include J.S. Bach’s Clavierübung III (Titanic), Deferred Voices: Organ Music by Women Composers, and Transcriptions from St. Justin’s, both for AFKA Records, and Christa Rakich in Recital at St. Mark’s Cathedral on the ReZound label. Christa Rakich can also be heard on the 4-CD set Historic Organs of Connecticut, released in 1997 for the Organ Historical Society.

Active in the American Guild of Organists, Rakich has served as Dean of the Northeast Connecticut Chapter and as a judge for competitions at both regional and national levels. She has been a member of the National Committee for Organ Improvisation, and appears regularly as a performer and presenter at AGO conventions.

B.M. in Organ, B.A. in German, Oberlin College (Phi Beta Kappa). M.M. with honors, New England Conservatory. Studies with Anton Heiller at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Fulbright Scholar. Former faculty, Westminster Choir College, University of Connecticut, former Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.


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