Fun Facts About Dean Billmeyer’s Holiday Organ Recital

November 30, 2021
Dean Billmeyer at the Northrop Console

Celebrate this season of inspiration with a program of holiday music from France and Germany played by Dean Billmeyer as part of his 40th anniversary as University of Minnesota Organist and Professor of Music. 

Dean Billmeyer at the organ

Photo © Patrick O’Leary, University of Minnesota.

Happy Anniversary! Dean Billmeyer has been a faculty member at the University of Minnesota for 40 years. He has established himself as one of the most highly respected teachers in the Midwest teaching courses in keyboard curriculum including Organ Literature and History, Continuo Realization, and Advanced Keyboard Skills.

Northrop stage before renovation

Northrop Stage 2009. Photo © Tim Rummelhoff.

Seems like old times. Some of the works you will hear in this program were the last pieces performed on the former Northrop stage—by Dean Billmeyer—before it was closed for renovation in 2011.

Dean Billmeyer performs with the Minnesota Orchestra

MN Orchestra Performance. Photo © Tim Rummelhoff.

Be our guest ... Throughout the last 20 seasons, Billmeyer has appeared regularly as a guest artist with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. His 2003 recording of Dominick Argento’s A Toccata of Galuppi’s with the Dale Warland Singers received a Grammy nomination.

Winter scene at night

Honoring the Winter Solstice. In addition to featuring holiday music from France and Germany, this program also references the themes of light and darkness with music by Max Reger and Alexandre Guilmant.

Max Reger

Personal connection. The program will include a work by Max Reger, a composer who Billmeyer has researched as part of his significant contributions in the field of organ. In 2016, Billmeyer annotated a volume of introductory organ works by Reger.