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James Hammann

James Hammann has recently retired as Co-Chair of the Music Department at The University of New Orleans and relocated from there to Iowa Falls, Iowa, where he is the proud owner of an historic Lustron Home.  During his twenty years at UNO he taught organ, harpsichord, theory, and music history.  He is presently serving St. Matthew’s By- The-Bridge Episcopal Church and First United Methodist Church in Iowa Falls as their director of music.  Dr. Hammann holds degrees in organ performance and church music from Ohio Wesleyan University and The University of Michigan.   His major teachers include Rexford Keller,  Robert Clark, and Marilyn Mason.

Hammann’s conducting credits include a recent three year tenure as music director of The New Orleans Civic Symphony, a four year stint as music director of The Allen Park Symphony, and conductor of the Southeastern Michigan Choral Society.  He was named “Artist of the Year” by the Toledo Arts Commission in 1978 for his founding and conducting of The Little Orchestra Society of Toledo.

Hammann has played organ recitals throughout the United States, and has given over one hundred performances of his one man show, “Old Bach,” where he dons costume and wig to recreate moments in the composer’s life and play representative selections on the organ and harpsichord.  His five compact disks of organ music recorded on historic organs in the United States and Germany have won rave reviews and are available through the Organ Historical Society.  His recently released disk of the organ music of American composer, Dudley Buck, was recorded on an 1863 Hook Organ restored and moved by Michael Quimby.  Hammann has played for numerous conventions of both the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.  He holds the Associate Diploma from the AGO. This performance marks over ten previous convention recital, demonstration, or lecture appearances for the Organ Historical Society, over a forty year period beginning with the Detroit convention in 1977.