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artist , organist , pianist

Stephen John Tharp, American organist, pianist, artist. Achievements include being the official organist for the papal event with his holiness Pope Benedict XVI during his apostolic journey to the United States in April 2008. Member of American Guild Organists, St. Wilfried Club (New York City).

Background

Tharp, Stephen John was born on April 12, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Michael John and Arlene Erna (Scheer) Tharp.

Education

Bachelor in Music Performance magna cum laude, Illinois College, Jacksonville, 1992. Master of Music in Music Performance, Northwestern University, Chicago, 1994.

Career

Assistant organist Christ Church, Des Plaines, Illinois, 1984—1988. Organist The Edgebrook Church, Chicago, 1984—1988, First Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, 1988—1990, First United Methodist Church, Springfield, 1990—1993. Principal organist Alice Millar Chapel, Northwest University, 1993—1994.

Organist, choirmaster Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Skokie, 1994—1995. Organist, director concerts St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, 1995—1997. Associate organist St. Bartholomew's Church, 1998—2004.

Artist in residence St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, 2006—2007, Grace Episcopal Church, New York City, since 2007. Guest teacher Yale University, New Haven, since 2001. Guest instructor Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey, 2005—2006, Bochum University, Germany, 2004.

Achievements

  • Achievements include being the official organist for the papal event with his holiness Pope Benedict XVI during his apostolic journey to the United States in April 2008.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Musician (solo organ): (Civil Defense) Stephen Tharp-Debut in Europe, 2001, Stephen Tharp at Sulpice, Paris, France, 2002, Marcel Dupré: The Stations of the Cross, 2005, The Complete Organ Works of Jeanne Demessieux, 2009 (Germany's Premier Critics prize). Composer: (commissioned musical) Easter Fanfares, 2005, performer more than 1300 concerts including 36 world tours.

Membership

Member of American Guild Organists, St. Wilfried Club (New York City).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Tennis, wine tasting, films, walking.

Connections

Married Maria Helena Vieira Dacosta Catarro, October 1, 2004.

father:
Michael John Tharp

mother:
Arlene Erna (Scheer) Tharp

spouse:
Maria Helena Vieira Dacosta Catarro