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Although he received quiet but consistent recognition from his peers during his lifetime, wrote over 500 hundred compositions, and published more than 70 individual works for the organ out of 180 in total, the elegant music of René Louis Becker has been almost entirely overlooked since his death in 1956. Esteemed conductor and editor Nicolas Slonimsky referred to Becker as “…one of the foremost authorities in church music.” His music was championed by contemporaries and colleagues including Clarence Eddy and Alexander Schreiner.  Becker’s music is perhaps best summed up in this apt and elegant description from Albert Riemenschneider, who said: QUOTE “True to the heritage of his native land, he combines in an unusual degree the best characteristics of the French and German schools. His melodies are always singable and beautiful and his earnestness and seriousness as shown by his sonatas is equaled only by his great command of rhythmic treatment.”

 

 

 

 

Damin Spritzer

Sought after for lectures and performances, praised for “enormous sensitivity and musicianship” (AAM Journal), and hailed as “elegantly assured” (Dallas Morning News), Damin Spritzer has performed organ recitals in France, Brazil, throughout America, and records internationally. She has been a featured artist for American Guild of Organist Conventions, and had the honor of being heard with Pipedreams radio broadcasts on numerous occasions as well as in the Netherlands and Canada. 

Since 2015 Dr. Spritzer has served as Assistant Professor of Organ at the University of Oklahoma and continues to serve the Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew in Dallas as Artist-in-Residence for the Cathedral Arts Series. Previously she held positions with University Park United Methodist Church and Saint Rita Catholic Church (both in Dallas), Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas in Denton, and during 2014 she was a Visiting Professor of Music at the University of Oklahoma.

Her first two commercial CD recordings are world-premiere discs of the music of René Becker, and were recorded at the Church of Saint Soloman and Saint Gregory in Pithiviers, France, and at the Cathédrale de la Sainte-Croix à Orléans, France. Both discs were released by RavenCD.com to critical acclaim from Choir & Organ magazine, among others, and two more volumes are forth-coming, focusing on Becker’s American years and on his unpublished manuscripts. The third CD will be recorded in April of 2017 in the US. Volume I of her critical edition series of the music of Becker was published last year with Wayne Leupold, and the second volume is slated to be released this fall. She has a four-recital tour of Germany in August of this year and performances in Italy, and several performances in the United States. 

Spritzer received her doctorate from the University of North Texas, her Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She serves as Sub-Dean of the Southern Plains Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and on the Board of Directors for the Leupold Foundation.