The 2017 Dayton Organ Academy

2016 Student Recital

PURPOSE: The purpose of the Dayton Organ Academy is to identify and foster the next generations of American organists. Our Academy teachers are all members of the Dayton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and are classically trained, accomplished organists. They are looking for promising young piano students that would like to learn to play the organ. Students accepted into the Academy are given a year of free private lessons. The Academy teachers donate their time and talents to provide each student lessons worth at least $1500 per year. Academy students will be included on the Chapter email notifications so they can participate in all chapter activities. They may also join the AGO, but at their own expense.

ADMISSION: Students are admitted to the Academy based on successful completion of an audition, and upon the recommendation of the Academy Chair. The scholarships are renewable each year until the student graduates from high school provided the student was prepared, regularly attended the lessons, and played at the May Academy recital.

The Academy is open to students aged 14-18. To apply, students must submit the application form to the Dayton Organ Academy chair by April 1st. At the audition, prospective students must play a piece by Bach (preferably a two part invention, or other piece by Bach which demonstrates independence of hands), a four part hymn, and sight read. Younger students may apply; however, they must successfully complete the audition requirements to be considered for admission. The Academy Chair and prospective teachers will sit on the audition panel.  The auditions are typically held the last two weekends of April.

Students will receive lessons from one of the Academy teachers. The lessons run during the school year, but may include summer lessons at the teacher’s discretion. The Academy will also offer one or two Studio Classes during the school year. At these classes, the students will play for one another, including hymns and anthem accompaniments. Music history or theory topics related to the organ will be discussed.

Finally, all students will play at the Academy Recital. The May recital will be the first Sunday in May at 4:00 pm. This recital will also serve as the audition for the next year. Students are required to provide their own organ shoes and music. They must demonstrate regular, committed practice to prepare for lessons in order to continue in the academy. .

To Apply, Download the Academy Application Form and submit it to the Academy Chair:

Download Academy 2017 Audition Poster

Dr. David Crean, Academy Chair


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Dr. David Crean,  Academy Teacher

DR. DAVID CREAN, Academy Chair

Dr. David Crean is University Organist at Wittenberg University where he also serves as director of music for historic Weaver Chapel. A native of New York, David received his D.M.A. from The Juilliard School, where he was the 2014 recipient of the Richard F. French Doctoral Prize. David served as adjunct faculty at Juilliard and also holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and The University of Iowa. He has concertized throughout the United States and Australia, where his programs have drawn praise for their balance, accessibility, and diversity. In March 2014 David made his second concert tour of Australia featuring performances in Albury. Goulburn, Canberra, Sydney, and Bowral. The tour was supported by a generous cultural exchange grant from the US state department, through its embassy in Canberra, Australia. Other recent highlights include the opening recital of WQXR’s “Bachstock” organ works marathon, a performance on American Public Media’s Pipe Dreams, the Australian premiere of Henry Martin’s Prelude and Fugue in E minor, and the American premiere of Ecce Lignum Crucis by Polish composer Marian Sawa for Juilliard’s acclaimed Focus! festival. His former teachers include Paul Jacobs, Lionel Party, Greg Hand, Delbert Disselhorst, and David Boe. An avid writer, David is in demand as a program annotator and has supplied liner notes for a Grammy-winning CD. His dissertation focused on the life and works of Samuel P. Warren, organist at New York’s Grace Church in the 19th century. He serves as an occasional reviewer for Notes: the Journal of the Music Library Association and The Diapason. Additional articles have appeared in The American Organist.

Rachel Lammi, Academy Chair


Rachel Spry Lammi holds a Bachelor of Music in organ performance with a voice minor from Ball State University, a Masters of Music in Sacred Music from Duquesne University, and 20 credits in theological studies through Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Select Online. Rachel has studied organ with Phyllis Warner, Kirby Koriath, Ann Labounsky, David Craighead, and David Crean. She is an Associate in Ministry in the ELCA, currently on leave from call to care for daughter Rose. Rachel is a Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, active in the Dayton Chapter American Guild of Organists (Organ Academy Chair), a performing member of the Dayton Music Club, and sings soprano in the Bach Society of Dayton. Rachel is a published composer, teacher, and frequent substitute organist and director.


Terry Donat, Academy Teacher


A native of Pocatello Idaho, Terry Donat completed his Bachelors of Music and Masters of Music degrees at Bringam Young University, Provo UT. Dr. John Longhurst was his teacher for both degrees. Mr. Donat did post-graduate work at Indiana University in Bloomington IN with Dr Oswald Ragatz. This is Terry’s 15th year as Organist / Music Director at St Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church on Wayne Ave in Dayton.




Effie Sue Kemerley, Academy Teacher


Effie Sue Kemerley holds a Masters of Music Education and Service Playing Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. Her organ teachers include James Francis, Dr. Ritter Werner, and Dr. Yun Kim. Ms. Kemerley is a Past Dean of the American Guild of Organists Dayton chapter. After serving thirty years as a church organist, Effie Sue Kemerley is now the Organists Emeritus at Grace United Methodist Church. A retired English teacher, Effie Sue remains musically active as a piano teacher and member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus.






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