Roger Nyquist, DMA,  performed magnificently for the dedicatory recital of the newly installed organ at Mary’s Central Shrine. The recital  concluded a week of celebration of the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Vincentians in the US and the completion of the renovation of the sanctuary of the Mary Central’s Shrine.

Benefactors and the general public attended the Shrine’s opening concert featuring its new four- manual, custom Allen organ. Internationally known organist, master teacher, composer, and recording artist, Roger Nyquist, DMA, performed Sunday, October 2, at 2pm showing the massive ensembles and colors of this instrument. 

The program featured works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Louis Vierne, Camille Saint-Saens, and Henri Mulet. [See concert program]

Additionally, on Saturday, October 1, at 2pm, Dr. Nyquist conducted a workshop for professional organists, offering practical tips to improve organ

Dr. Nyquist studied with organists Arthur Poister, Catharine Crozier, and Andre Marchal. His concert career is active throughout the United States and Europe. He has recorded extensively – with more than 24 albums (over 180 compositions) to his credit. He is listed in the International Who’s Who in Music, Outstanding Educators of America, and American Keyboard Artists.


About the Instrument:

The new organ at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal was custom designed and built by the Allen Organ Company of Macungie, PA, and installed by Grafton Piano & Organ of Souderton, PA. It encompasses the tonal resources of a 97 rank instrument, including a 21 rank floating String division and six 32′ stops.

About the Organist:

Dr. Roger Nyquist, concert organist, master teacher, and composer is a native of Rockford, Illinois. His music studies commenced at an early age and culminated in an earned Doctorate in Music from Indiana University at Bloomington. Very much like his acclaimed teachers, including Arthur Roister, Catherine Crozier, and Andre Marchal, Dr. Nyquist has devoted a significant portion of his career to teaching. He has served on the faculty of Southwestern College, University of California, and from 1968-1992 he was Professor of Music and University Organist at Santa Clara University. In addition to an active concert career. Dr. Nyquist has recorded extensively, with more than 30 albums to his credit.