Associate Professor of Music (Organ)
Office: Catlett Music Center 227
Phone: (405) 325-5572
Dr. Damin Spritzer is Associate Professor of Organ at the University of Oklahoma. She continues to work with the Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew in Dallas as Artist-in-Residence for Cathedral Arts, is assisting organist for St. Thomas More University Parish in Norman, and was recently Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas teaching Organ Literature and Sacred Music. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Leupold Foundation, dedicated to the preservation of pipe organ music and culture, on a committee with the Organ Historical Society Library and Archives, and is active in the Dallas and Oklahoma City Chapters of the American Guild of Organists.
Her performances have spanned several continents and included historic churches and instruments such as the Nicolaikirche in Leipzig, Germany; Sainte-Croix in Orléans, France; at Igreja Nossa Senhora de Fátima and Paróquia Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagemin in Sao Paolo, Brazil; the La Verna Festival in Italy; four performances with the Terra Sancta Festival in Israel; Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Massachusetts; New York City at St. Patrick’s Cathedral; with Aaron David Miller at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina; the University of Notre Dame in Indiana; the University of Houston 2012 Conference on Historical Eclecticism: Organ Building and Playing in the 21st Century; and numerous additional performances throughout the United States, including the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, the 2017 International Trombone Festival in Redlands, California, the 2018 American Guild of Organists National Convention in Kansas City and the 2019 Regional Convention in Denver, CO, the 2019 Organ Historical Society Conference in Dallas, Texas, three performances in Norway at the Arctic Cathedral, and Wells Cathedral in England.
Spritzer’s fifth CD was recorded in England, where she was the first American and the first woman to record at historic Hereford Cathedral on the landmark Fr. Willis organ. Her third and fourth CDs for Raven Recordings were released in 2017. The third volume of her series of the music of R. L. Becker was recorded in April on the historic Kimball organ of St. John’s Cathedral and was released in July. It received a 4-star review from Choir & Organ magazine and a glowing review from the American Record Guide. The fourth recording, “Fantasia,” was a collaborative project with Dr. Donald Pinson, trombone, recorded in Texas at St. Monica Catholic church in Dallas and released in November, has likewise been praised by reviewers.
Spritzer’s first two discs for Raven Recordings are world premier discs of Becker’s music in France. The first was recorded in Pithiviers, France in 2010 at the newly renovated historic Cavaillé-Coll organ of the church of Saint-Salomon-Saint-Gregoire de Pithiviers. Choir & Organ magazine gave it five stars, writing that “Damin Spritzer serves both instrument and music well, alert to the music’s lyrical mien and harmonic muscle, negotiating the III/49 machine with an easy command of drama and a real feeling for Becker’s melody-led, cleanly-executed music…A second volume is eagerly awaited.” The AAM Journal wrote, “The music comes alive under her touch!...This recording is a delight...” And a review from Classical Music Sentinel praised the recording, saying “…Damin Spritzer drives the music along with plenty of forward momentum which adds a singing quality to the melodic lines and an assured rhythmic movement to the toccatas and marches...the final glorious chord of the Marche Triomphale will make you glad you’re alive.” Her second volume of Becker’s organ music was recorded in Orléans, France in April of 2013 at the Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans. It received four stars from Choir & Organ and the praise: “This second installment in Damin Spritzer’s enterprising rehabilitation of the prolific but largely-unknown [Becker] comes…three years after the first volume. Happily, it’s been worth the wait.” And the American Record Guide adds: “Spritzer is to be commended for her commitment and dedication to this music. She gives spirited and vigorous performances on the magnificent 1880 Cavaillé-Coll organ in Orléans, France….the recorded sound is outstanding.”
Alsatian-American composer René Louis Becker (1882-1956) was the topic of her doctoral research, and she edits a continuing multi-volume critical edition of Becker’s organ music for Wayne Leupold Editions, which will also market her monograph on the composer. She has given invited lectures on Becker at the 2016 American Guild of Organists National convention, the AGO Regional Convention in Austin, TX in July of 2013, in October of 2011 at the University of Michigan 51st Annual Conference on Organ Music, and Louisville, KY in May of 2012.
- DMA - University of North Texas
- MM - Eastman School of Music
- BM - Oberlin Conservatory of Music