Margaret Martin Kvamme


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 Canadian-born  organist  Margaret  Martin  Kvamme  was  named  first-prize winner  of the 1993 Naples International Organ Festival Competition in Florida. She has performed extensively throughout the Bay Area, in Michigan; New York, Arizona, and Ontario, Canada. She has appeared on the "Distinguished Women at the Console" series in Akron, Ohio, was featured as solo artist with the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, and has been heard on the nationally syndicated radio program, Pipedreams. In 2007 her debut album, featuring sets of variations from J. S. Bach to Emma Lou Diemer and other comtemporary American composers,  was released to critical acclaim on the Albany label. 

Also a conductor, Ms. Kvamme was formerly Director of the Concert Choir at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Director of Choral Activities at Marygrove College in Detroit, and has been Guest Conductor for the Santa Clara Chorale. For six years Ms. Kvamme served as Director of Music for Joint Venture Churches in San Jose.


Ms. Kvamme is an honors graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance and Choral Conducting from the University of Michigan. Her organ teachers include David Craighead, Robert Glasgow, David Higgs and Sandra Soderlund. She has studied conducting with Jerry Blackstone, Theodore Morrison and Nicole Paiement, and has participated in masterclasses with Helmut Rilling and Gustav Meier (conducting), Edward Parmentier (harpsichord), and Gerre Hancock and Gillian Wier (organ). Currently Ms. Kvamme is active as a freelance organist and private teacher and serves the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos as Associate Organist. 

Professional Experience 

Private Instructor, organ, piano, music theory, 1989 - present

Associate Organist, Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos
Los Gatos, CA, 2002 - present

Music Director (Organist/Choir Director), Joint Venture Churches
San Jose, CA, 1996 - 2002

Lecturer in Music Theory/Choral Conductor, Univ. of California at Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA, 1996 - 2000 

Music Theory Teacher/Choral Director,  Henry M. Gunn High School
Palo Alto, CA, 1995-1996

Assistant Professor/Director of Choral Activities, Marygrove College 
Detroit, MI, 1993 - 1995 

Chorus Master, Windsor Symphony Chorus 
Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 1994-1995


Master of Music: The University of Michigan
May, 1993 (Organ Performance and Choral Conducting)
Bachelor of Music:  Eastman School of Music 
June, 1989 (Organ Performance)
Honors Graduate: Interlochen Arts Academy
June, 1985 (Organ and Piano Major)

Completed training as Kindermusik® educator (2002)

 Major Teachers

David Craighead, Robert Glasgow, David Higgs, David Palmer, Sandra Soderlund

Gustav Meier, Theodore Morrison, Donald Neuen, Nicole Paiement, Helmut Rilling

Arthur Haas, Edward Parmentier

Charles Asche, Philip Adamson, Sylvia Wang


 First Prize, Naples International Organ Festival Competition, 1993
 Winner, San Francisco Chapter A.G.O. Competition, 1990
 Winner, Westminster Choir College Competition (organ), 1986


Sevenfold Gifts, Albany Records 2007 

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