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Welcome to the official website for Concert Organist Randall Harlow


Randall Harlow’s exciting virtuoso performances center around creative and eclectic programming tailored to each organ’s unique sound.  Performances have taken him across the US, to Russia, Germany, Greenland, and cathedrals in England.  His programs span the breadth of organ repertoire, from early music to cutting-edge works with live-electronics, transcriptions and chamber music. His performances can be heard on American Public Media's nationally syndicated radio show Pipedreams

As a scholar, Randall Harlow has presented on topics in organ history, technology, and performance research at Harvard and Cornell Universities, Westfield Center, Göteborg Organ Art Center (GOArt) in Sweden, Orgelpark in Amsterdam, the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, and the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music and is currently Assistant Professor of Organ and Music Theory at the University of Northern Iowa.  Randall Harlow is represented by Crimson Concert Artists


        Nationwide American Contemporary Organ Music Tour
This year I will present a series of concerts at major universities, including the University of Chicago, Indiana University, and Harvard. Geared toward composers, these concerts will feature works composed over the past 20 years by major american, non-organist composers, including the world premiere of the Barlow Prize composition, Exodus, by Aaron Travers, as well as works by Milton Babbitt, Lukas Foss, Jennifer Higdon, David Lang, Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas, Joan Tower, George Walker, and John Zorn

        Conference in Seoul
In August my paper titled, "Psychohaptics and the Affordances of Musical Instruments: Toward an Ecological Theory of Performance," was presented at the biannual International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, this year at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Read the abstract

        Lecture in Amsterdam
This June I presented a paper at a special symposium surrounding a future Hyperorgan in Amsterdam's Orgelpark. Orgelpark is a deconsecrated church which has been turned into a center for all things organ, with a special focus on contemporary organ music and innovative organ projects. Orgelpark already has four organs in house. The new, fifth organ will be a tracker-key, mechanical-stop instrument built according to Baroque specifications and construction techniques. However, it will also feature a redundant and fully interfacing, variably matrixing electric action. Keep up with the project on the Orgelpark blog

        POE in Indianapolis, June 8-13
In June I was one of the instructors at the Pipe Organ Encounter in Indianapolis. These intensive summer academies for students age 13-18 are geared toward pianists with little or no organ experience and experienced young organists alike. Students in this summer's academy learned from outstanding faculty from across the country, played magnificent organs, and spend a day visiting the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University

        Lecture and Workshop at AGO Convention, Boston
I presented both a workshop and research paper at the 2014 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Boston this June. My 50-minute workshop was titled, "Keyboard Psychohaptics: Empirical Performance and Pedagogy Research and its Applications." An informative session for non-experts and experts alike, this workshop presented results from recent scientific research into keyboard performance and discussed its ramifications and future prospects. My research paper was titled "Hyperorgan Technology, Augmented Reality, and the Triumph of Acoustic Music." A pointed refutation of the often widespread belief that the electronic organ will continue to spell the demise of the pipe organ, this paper discussed how recent technological innovation in pipe organ design may hold promise for a new golden age for the fully acoustic pipe organ

        Debut CD coming soon
Later this year I will record my debut CD, featuring the world's first organ transcription of Franz Liszt's complete Transcendental Etudes, as well as a couple of the Paganini Etudes. Scores for these transcriptions can be purchased here