OGCMA Presents Organist Adam Pajan
The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA) is most famous for its magnificent and enormous pipe organ - and every summer, organists from around the country, and around the world, thrill organ-loving audiences with its splendid range from roars to whispers. On Wednesday, August 15th at 7:30pm yet another organ virtuoso will take hold of this majestic instrument: ADAM PAJAN, a young musician who has been called "a rising star definitely worth watching" (Michael Barone, Pipedreams). Be sure to take advantage of this free concert. It will be held, of course, in The Great Auditorium, located at 54 Pilgrim Pathway in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. All facilities are handicapped accessible.
Adam Pajan is Instructor of Organ and Shop Technician at the University of Oklahoma's American Organ Institute, where he teaches students in organ performance, church music, and organ technology. Described as "unusually able and sensitive" (The American Organist), Pajan received his DMA in 2014 under John Schwandt at the University of Oklahoma, following studies at Furman University and Yale University, earning BM and MM degrees under the tutelage of Charles Tompkins, Martin Jean, and Thomas Murray. Pajan's performing career has taken him across the U.S. and to Germany three times, playing in the great cathedrals of Mainz, Magdeburg, Fulda, Altenberg and other historical churches. He returned from another German tour in July for performances at the Pauluskirche in Ulm, Altenberger Dom, and the Dutch Church in Hanau. His first CD was released earlier this year on Raven Records and features the Kegg pipe organ of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Canton, Ohio.
Dr. Pajan won First Prize in four national competitions (Schweitzer, Poister, Mader, and West Chester) and the Firmin Swinnen Second Prize in the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in 2013. His accomplishments were recognized when he was named one of The Diapason's "20 Under 30" of 2016, an award established for individuals who are "setting the pace for the future of the pipe organ, harpsichord, carillon, and church music." Pajan has been heard at conventions of the American Institute of Organ-builders, the Organ Historical Society, and the American Guild of Organists. An enthusiastic church musician, he serves as Director of Music at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Norman, Oklahoma and is in his third season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Oklahoma Master Chorale.