Thomas Bara

Organist Thomas Bara performed a recital on our Opus 81 at First Congregational Church, Sioux Falls, SD as part of their Third Annual Organ Festival Weekend. 

Jack Mohlenhoff, Minister of Music and Arts called the performance “amazing.”  “The Martinson piece was an amazing vehicle for the Harmonic Flute,” he said.  “The Sweelinck and Dupre also showcased a variety of the organ’s colors, as well.”  Bara also conducted a master class for organ students and played during Sunday.

THOMAS BARA is Instructor of Organ and Class Piano at the Interlochen Arts Academy and Arts Camp, Interlochen, Michigan, and is Choirmaster at Central United Methodist Church, Traverse City. Prior to Interlochen, Mr. Bara was Assistant Organist at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, serving under Gerre and Judith Hancock. Mr. Bara studied organ at the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he was awarded the Fine Arts and Young Artist awards upon graduation in 1987. He then earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, Mr. Bara received the prestigious Performance Certificate and the first Harold Gleason Emerging Artist Award. Mr. Bara won first prize in the Arthur Poister National Organ Competition and was a finalist in the National Young Artist Competition and Fort Wayne National Organ Competition. As soloist and as accompanist with The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, he has performed widely, including concerts at the Royal Cathedral, Copenhagen; King’s College, Cambridge; Saint John’s Smith Square, London; and Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London. His teachers include Robert Glasgow, Arthur Haas, Gerre Hancock, David Higgs, Robert Murphy and Russell Saunders. (Courtesy East West Organists.com)

The program:

Étude Symphonique                              Marco Enrico Bossi

Concerto in D minor (after Vivaldi)             Johann Sebastian Bach

            Allegro – Grave – Fuga 

Largo e spiccato


Variations on “Est ce Mars?”                        Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck 

Fantasy in F Minor, K. 608                            Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concert Variations on the Austrian Hymn Op. 3 No. 1 John Knowles Paine

Aria on a Chaconne                                       Joel Martinson

Pageant                                                          Leo Sowerby

Suite Brettone, Op. 21                                Marcel Dupré


            Les Cloches De Perros-Guirec

Symphonie I, Op. 14                                      Louis Vierne

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