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, the Westfield Center, and the Göteborg Organ Art Center (GOArt) in Sweden. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music and is currently Visiting Professor of Organ and Music Theory at the University of Northern Iowa. Randall Harlow is represented by Crimson Concert Artists
Presentation at EROI Festival 2013
On September 29th, I will present a paper titled "Hyperorgan: Augmented Reality, Affordances and the Ecology of the Wondrous Machine" at the 2013 Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) Festival at the Eastman School of Music. From the vantage point of J. J. Gibson's Theory of Affordances and Ecological Psychology, this paper will discuss how the organ has been used by composers and performers in the latter half of the 20th century and present perspectives concerning the place of recent and ongoing "Hyperorgan" innovation within the present social and technological shift from virtual to augmented reality.
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. Scores for these transcriptions can be purchased here.
AGO Convention, Boston 2014
Next Summer I will present both a workshop and research paper at the 2014 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Boston. My 50-minute workshop will be titled, "Keyboard Psychohaptics: Empirical Performance and Pedagogy Research and its Applications." An informative session for non-experts and experts alike, this workshop will present results from recent scientific research into keyboard performance and discuss its ramifications and future prospects. My research paper will be 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 will discuss how recent technological innovation in pipe organ design may hold promise for a new golden age for the fully acoustic pipe organ.