Michael Plagerman, Doctoral candidate at Cornell University.
Pursuant to his work in professional church music, Michael Plagerman has interests in the repertoire and practice of sacred literature for the organ and choir through the last two centuries. An advocate for the musical education of congregations, Michael has sought to encourage participatory music making in the church through the organization of a number of concerts, choral workshops, and other educational events that focus on the involvement and encouragement of young people interested in church, choral, and organ music. Michael holds a B.Mus. (summa cum laude) in organ performance from Pacific Lutheran University where he studied organ with Paul Tegels, harpsichord with Kathryn Habedank, and choral conducting and pedagogy with Richard Nance and Brian Galante. Having performed extensively throughout the Northwest, Michael holds a Master of Sacred Music degree from the University of Notre Dame where he was awarded the Craig Cramer prize in organ performance. During his time at Notre Dame Michael served as a graduate assistant organist at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and assistant director of the Women’s Liturgical Choir. He is currently in the third year of the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance Practice program in organ at Cornell where he studies with Annette Richards and Nathan Laube. Michael serves as the Director of Music, Organist, and Choirmaster at All Saints Parish (RC) in Corning, New York. His current research focuses on 19th century American organ culture.