Dr. Nathaniel Brown


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Champaign, Illinois

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Nathaniel Brown is an organbuilder at John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders in Champaign, IL and organist at First Baptist Church of Savoy, IL. He holds a DM and MM in Organ Performance, an MA in Music, and a Certificate of Specialized Studies in Early Music from Florida State University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Western Kentucky University. He served as Adjunct Professor of Music History at WKU in the Fall of 2023. During his time as a student at WKU, he was the keyboardist for the Symphony, which toured in China in the summer of 2013, and was the student carillonneur for WKU’s Guthrie Bell Tower. He has previously held organist positions at major churches in Bowling Green and Madisonville, KY, Quincy, FL, and Danville, IL. He sings baritone in the Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana, having previously sung with the Orchestra Kentucky Chorale, the Southern Kentucky Choral Society, the WKU Men’s Chorus, and FSU’s Cantores Musicae Antiquae. He has performed on a variety of early keyboard and wind instruments in FSU’s Collegium Musicum and Baroque Ensemble, including positive and portative organs, regal, harpsichord, recorder, crumhorn, shawm, rackett, and sackbut. He is also a Sacred Harp singer. In 2018 he was awarded the E. Power Biggs Fellowship from the Organ Historical Society. He has had a review published in Bach Notes (no. 38, Spring 2023), and his two music publications, A Paraclete Treasury of Transcriptions for Organ (Paraclete Press, 2020), and Five Sacred Choral Transcriptions for Organ (Paraclete Press, 2023), feature his own organ transcriptions of sacred choral pieces from a variety of regions and across the ages. In addition to Early Music America, he holds memberships in the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, the American Heinrich Schütz Society, the American Guild of Organists (East Central Illinois chapter), and the American Institute of Organbuilders.


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