Joan Lippincott

JOAN LIPPINCOTT has been acclaimed as one of America’s outstanding organ virtuosos. She performs extensively in the United States under Karen McFarlane Artists and has toured throughout Europe and Canada. She has been a featured recitalist at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, at the Spoleto USA Festival, at The American Bach Society Biennial, at the Dublin (Ireland) International Organ Festival, and at conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, and the Music Teachers National Association. She has performed on many of the most prominent organs in churches and universities throughout the United States, including Yale, Harvard, Duke, Stanford, Columbia, and Princeton. She has traveled widely in Europe, studying, playing, and performing in recital on historic and contemporary organs in Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France.

Dr. Lippincott has been especially in demand for Bach recitals and classes. She was recitalist at the Alice Tully Hall Bach-Handel Tercentennial and she has performed at Bach Festivals in Arizona, Massachusetts (Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood), Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, and South Carolina. In 2001-2002 she performed a highly acclaimed series of eight Bach organ concerts on outstanding organs throughout New York City, called “Bach in the Big Apple.” In 2008-2009 she performed The Art of Fugue at the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival, at Princeton Theological Seminary, and at the Boston Early Music Festival.

Her many recordings on the GOTHIC label include music of Bach, Duruflé, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Widor, Alain, and Pinkham on major American organs. The most recent releases
are Sinfonia (Organ Concertos and Sinfonias of J.S.Bach with instrumental ensemble) recorded at Princeton Theological Seminary; The Fenner Douglass Organ at Bower Chapel-Moorings Park, Naples, FL; and Weimar Preludes and Fugues (J.S.Bach) at Notre Dame University.

Joan Lippincott presently devotes full time to concertizing and recording. She was Principal University Organist at Princeton University from 1993 to 2000, and is Professor Emerita of Organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Dr. Lippincott has served on summer faculties at the New England Conservatory of Music, University of Wisconsin, the Montreat Conference, the Evergreen Conference, and Bach Week at Columbia College.

A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, where she was a student of Alexander McCurdy, she also studied at Union Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. She has been on the Advisory Board of The American Bach Society, is an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota, and has received the Alumni Merit Award, the Distinguished Merit Award, the Williamson Medal, and an Honorary Doctorate from Westminster Choir College.