Corpus Christi College Oxford

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Dr Katharine Pardee 

College Lecturer and Advisor in Music

I grew up and spent the first part of my career in the northeastern United States, where I earned my undergraduate degree from Boston University and MM and DMA from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. I also spent two years in Germany on a Fulbright grant, where I indulged my love of impenetrable nineteenth-century German organ music. For eleven years I served on the performing and teaching faculties of Syracuse University, and subsequently Eastman. In 2001 (to be precise, 10-11 Sept., 2001—there’s a story!) I moved to Oxford with my family.

In Oxford, I hold positions in the Faculty of Music (Betts Fellow in Organ Studies, where I arrange programming and support services for the organ scholars across the university), Wadham College (Director of Chapel Music), and at Corpus Christi, where I am Lecturer in Music as well as Chapel Music Advisor. Along the way I earned a DPhil in Musicology: my dissertation was on the reception of Bach in nineteenth-century England. At Corpus, I am not only the organising and academic tutor for the students who read music (who can only be the organ scholars), but also provide oversight and support for the organ scholars and the music programme in the chapel. I believe we have set up an excellent model for Oxford college chapel music: the organ scholars run the show themselves, doing all the recruiting, rehearsing, planning, organising, playing, and conducting. I am in the background, helping in whatever areas are needed, be it conducting or rehearsal techniques, planning the music list, accompanying on the organ, or playing the hymns. I also teach organ to the organ scholars. 

Papers, publications, and recordings

Editor, The Andrew Freeman Collection of the British Institute of Organ Studies (in preparation, 2016).
‘The B Minor Mass in Nineteenth-Century England’, in Exploring Bachs B Minor Mass, ed. Yo Tomita, Robin Leaver, and Jan Smaczny (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
‘A Year in Wadham Chapel’, Wadham College Chapel Choir choral music CD (OxRecs, 2011).
Paper: ’Mendelssohn, Bach, and the English Organ’, London Organ Forum, November 2009.
Paper: ‘A “Glorious Confusion”: Perceptions of Bach and the Organ in Nineteenth-Century England’,  ’Hope and Glory: The British Organ in the Age of Empire’conference, Oxford, April 2009.
Paper: ’Through the Looking-Glass: Perceptions and Performance of JS Bach in Nineteenth-Century England’, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, November 2008.
Seminar: ’Mendelssohn’s playing of Bach on the Organ’,  Eastman School of Music, September 2006.
Paper: ‘The St Matthew Passion in England’,  Nineteenth-century Music in Britain conference,  July 2007.
‘The B-Minor Mass in Nineteenth-Century England’,  International B-Minor Mass conference, Belfast, November 2007
‘Blending Voices: Organ Music from Belgium’, solo organ CD   (Pro Organo, 2001).
‘Organ Classics at Crouse:  Katharine Pardee on the Holtkamp Organ in Crouse College,  Syracuse University’, solo organ CD (Pro Organo, 1996).

Other professional activities

Publications Officer and Board Member, British Institute of Organ Studies, 2006-present.
Editor, Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies, 2010-13.
Trustee and Board Member, Bach Network UK, 2008-present.
Editor, Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies, 2010-13.
Artist management with Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists,  1997-2002 .
Numerous performances throughout the United States and in Europe since 1977.
Committee member, National Young Artists Competition in Organ Playing of the American Guild of Organists, 1992-2000.
Dean, Syracuse Chapter, American Guild of Organists,  1992-94.
Artist management with Young Organists Cooperative, 1990-94.
Workshops given on a wide variety of subjects related to organ music.

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