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Diane Meredith Belcher

Diane Meredith Belcher (born 1960) is an American concert [3] both in Hanover, New Hampshire. Her concert career is managed by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.[4]

Education

Diane Meredith Belcher earned the degree of David Spicer, John Weaver, Clarence Watters, David Craighead, and Wilma Jensen (organ); Ford Lallerstedt (music theory, counterpoint and keyboard studies); Edward Aldwell and David Beach (music theory).

Early career

Belcher made her solo recital debut at age 15 at The Wayne Presbyterian Church in [7]

She subsequently won Second Prize in Interpretation at both the 1985 American Guild of Organists, having won the S. Lewis Elmer Award for Highest Marks in the Professional Certification Examinations.

Professional life

Belcher has given solo concerts throughout the United States and abroad.[10] Her numerous recordings include the premiere CD of the Glatter-Götz/Rosales at Claremont, which won the 2000 Golden Ear Award from Joseph Alessi, trumpeter Rob Roy McGregor, the Memphis Boychoir, the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, and the Buxtehude Consort. She was the founding director of The Memphis Concert Chorale.

Recital credits include Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia; The Wildwood Festival, Little Rock; Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago; Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City; First Congregational Church, Los Angeles; The Auditorium, Independence, Missouri; Ned Rorem's 80th birthday celebration, Philadelphia; Merrill Auditorium, Portland, Maine; and the Crystal Cathedral, Los Angeles.[12]

Previous church positions include Organist and Director of Music at Park Central Presbyterian Church in Syracuse, Christ Church Episcopal in Memphis, [14]

Personal

Belcher was married for twenty years to the American organist and choral director John Ayer. They have three sons.

Discography

  • The Missouri Jewel (2-CD set): Notable hymns and associated repertoire [JAV 183] [15]
  • Great Organs of America: The Glatter-Götz/Rosales at Claremont [JAV 115] [16]
  • Jongen: Symphonie Concertante for Organ and Orchestra, op. 81 [DTR 8804] [17]
  • The Great Skinner Organ at Girard College [DTR 8403] [18]
  • PIPEDREAMS Premieres, Vol. 2: Music of Libby Larsen (Aspects of Glory) [19]
  • The Memphis Boychoir: Our Dancing Day (composer of Lutebook Lullabye) [Pro Organo] [20]
  • The Memphis Boychoir: In Every Corner Sing [Pro Organo] [21]
  • The Memphis Boychoir: Shout the Glad Tidings [Pro Organo] [22]
  • The Memphis Boychoir: What Sweeter Music [Pro Organo] [23]

Reviews

  • CLEVELAND “A formidable virtuoso, Belcher played ... with authority and zest.” The Plain Dealer
  • HALIFAX ““Belcher began with a Prelude and Fugue in A Minor by Brahms, boldly taking charge of the musical energy from the first chord, and playing with such command of imagery and design that Horowitz at the piano came to mind … an amazing display of musical virtuosity of the highest order.” The Chronicle Herald
  • LITTLE ROCK “The Wildwood Festival imports many artists each season, but I doubt that any performer brought in for the festival has the artistic integrity and power that Belcher has. This is a performer who knows how to deliver the goods.” Arkansas Times
  • CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA “Gigantic! A CD that is addictive! … Diane Meredith Belcher’s playing … is exemplary in every respect. She … masterfully expresses the essence of each composition as it unfolds.” Orgel International
  • GIRARD COLLEGE, PHILADELPHIA “... whose playing is glowingly brilliant, rhythmically vibrant, consistently expressive, and full of both atmosphere and personality – in short, everything that artistic organ playing should be.” American Record Guide—from Karen McFarlane Artists website [24]

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External links

  • Official website
  • Publicity page from Karen McFarlane Artists website
  • St. Mary Star of the Sea website
  • Youtube: Diane Meredith Belcher plays Elgar's Nimrod
  • Youtube: Diane Meredith Belcher plays Bach's Gigue Fugue
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