Lauren Wittine is a fourth year student at the University of Florida, and is pursuing Bachelor's degrees in both organ performance and English studies. She started piano at a young age, but later discovered a love for organ through her church, where she occasionally accompanied choir anthems or hymns. In 2010 she was awarded a scholarship for new organists from the St. Petersburg chapter of the American Guild of Organists, an organization of which she has been a member for five years. Lauren also enjoys choral singing and hopes to one day serve as a church music director.
Sophie Orzechowski is a graduate student at the University of Florida in the department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. She grew up playing Irish, Swedish, and French Canadian music on various instruments, as well as classical music on violin and piano. She distinctly remembers the first time ever experiencing an organ at age eleven in St. Paul’s School Chapel in NH. She began taking organ lessons during her final undergraduate years at Cornell University and is absolutely thrilled to continue her love of playing and learning about the instrument at UF.
Jasmine Robinson is a second year graduate student at UF finishing her master's degree in mathematics. She is currently an instructor for undergraduate students, and plans to become a high school math teacher. Jasmine has taken voice lessons since she was nine years old, and has been involved with several UF productions and local concerts, including The Phantom of the Opera (Meg Giry), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Amahl), the Faure Requiem (soprano soloist), Handel's Messiah, and Verdi's Requiem. She has been studying organ for two years, and absolutely loves it! She hopes to be able to play for church services and bring her love of music to the worship ministry. She will be getting married to her absolute best friend, Jeramiah, in December!
Stella Wiering, both pianist and organist, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. Currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in organ performance, Stella is a recipient of a graduate assistantship that includes responsibilities such as teaching group piano classes and private piano lessons to undergraduate music majors.
During graduate study at University of Florida, Wiering wishes to explore more chamber music, specifically repertoire in the Baroque and Classical style. Using these experiences and her organ literature studies, she also looks forward to increasing her improvisation skills especially in organ playing. She anticipates pursuing church work as well as choral conducting work.
Hye Jin Park is from Seoul, South Korea. Hye Jin earned her bachelor’s degree in piano and has played piano in diverse settings. She recently completed her Master of Music degree in pipe organ performance at the School of Music of the University of Florida, under the instruction of Dr. Laura Ellis. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists, and is serving for Westminster Presbyterian Church of Gainesville as the organist and pianist.
My name is William A. Allen, I’m a 4th year senior currently majoring in Biology and minoring in Nutrition. I’ve played piano all my life, but was always fascinated by the king of instruments, the organ.