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April 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Monica Czausz, a native of western Massachusetts, is a fourth-year student of Ken Cowan at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance. She will continue her studies at Rice for an additional year in order to complete her Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance in spring, 2017. At Rice, she is recipient of multiple endowed awards for outstanding achievement, including the Clyde Holloway award. She has additionally received first prize in the 2015 Regional Competition for Young Organists in the Southwest Region, 2013 William C. Hall, 2012 L. Cameron Johnson, and 2011 Oklahoma City University Competitions.
Monica is the newly-appointed Cathedral Organist (effective September 1) at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, after having served as Organ Scholar for three years. An increasingly sought-after performer, she was featured at the 2015 National Convention of the Organ Historical Society and will be performing at the 2016 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, both as a “Rising Star” and as Cathedral Organist for Solemn Evensong. She has performed on highly-acclaimed organs across Germany and the United States, including the world’s largest functioning organ as well as the largest mechanical action organ in a concert hall, both in Philadelphia. Monica’s performances have been broadcast on WRTI Philadelphia, 91.7 Houston, and KTRU Rice Radio.