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Frank Shelton

     FRANK SHELTON is College Organist and a member of the music faculty at Colorado College as well as Senior Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs.          

     As an organist and harpsichordist, he has performed at important cathedrals and festivals throughout the United States and Europe. One of the few Americans to have presented three recitals at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, he was invited by Musique Sacrée á Notre-Dame to participate in today’s World Organ Day festivities.  A proponent of modern music by living American composers, he has lectured about and performed recitals of their music throughout the world.  In October 2013 he lectured and performed at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, Germany.  He has performed at the Michelstadter Orgelzyklus in Germany, the Luglio Pistoiese, and Accademia di Musica Italiana per organo in Italy, to highly critical acclaim.  Additionally, he has presented recitals in London's St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, the church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris, the Washington National Cathedral, and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.  He has been a featured recitalist for the National Convention of the Organ Historical Society and the American Guild of Organists.  In addition to numerous solo recitals, he has performed with the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and the Naumberg award winning brass ensemble "Saturday Brass." He is a featured performer on the CD, Historical Organs of Colorado.

    The recipient of the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, he spent a year in Europe studying the relationship of organ building to organ performance.  For his research and writing on the organs of Portugal, he was awarded the Regents’ Fellowship for doctoral study at UCLA and holds advanced degrees in organ performance and historical musicology from this institution.  He has studied with and participated in master classes with such world–renowned organists as Marie-Claire Alain, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini and Harald Vogel.  Most recently, he  studied  improvisation with Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin in Paris.