Keith Shafer has appeared in concert throughout
the country and has offered workshops on various aspects of church music
to parishes, dioceses, and church music conferences. He is available as
a solo artist and can appear with harpist Vonda Darr or trumpeter Fabio
Mann. Mr. Shafer is also available for workshops and presentations on
various topics of interest.
Did you know that a hundred years ago thousands of people would pack municipal concert halls in American cities to enjoy organ recitals? Been to many organ recitals lately that meet that criteria? Keith Shafer believes that programming is a major contributor to an exciting organ recital and that it should be tailored to the audience’s background whenever possible. He also takes into account the unique aspects of each recital organ and the acoustic of the room in which the concert will be heard. If the instrument has unusual stops (solo reeds, percussion stops, antiphonal divisions) the concert program will include music which takes advantage of these features. For most audiences, particularly those unaccustomed to organ recitals, Mr. Shafer talks about the instrument and its background and provides interesting insights into the pieces of music being played. Of course, if your audience would prefer the traditional “just smile and bow deeply” presentation, that can be accomodated.
With Instrumentalists The organ combines beautifully with other instruments and Mr. Shafer appears in concert with harpist Vonda Darr as well as trumpeter Fabio Mann. The performances include solo works for both instruments as well as concerted music.
Contact me about concerts or workshops.