Hailed by The Diapason Magazine for his “formidable technique,” Kipp Cortez has served as the Joseph F. Marsh Endowed Chair of Organ and Carillon at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia since 2016. He teaches introductory courses in music, private lessons in both instruments, and performs for university convocations.
He took degrees in organ at Valparaiso University (B.Mus) and The University of Michigan (M.Mus and DMA). His organ teachers have included Dennis Northway, Lorraine Brugh, Marilyn Mason, and James Kibbie. He has also taken harpsichord with Edward Parmentier and carillon with Steven Ball and Dennis Curry. He advanced to Carillonneur membership in the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America at the annual congress in 2015. In 2016, he was named to the “20 under 30” group by the Diapason Magazine.
Prior to his appointment at Concord, Dr. Cortez was the principal instructor of carillon at the University of Michigan and served as the principal player of the two carillons at the Ann Arbor campus. He served as a parish organist and music director for sixteen years in a variety of church settings. Equally at home at both organ and carillon, he is an active recitalist on both instruments, having performed across the United States.
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DMA, University of Michigan (2016)
M.M., University of Michigan (2012)
B.M., Valparaiso University (2011)
Guild of Carillonneurs in North America - Carillonneur Membership Certification, 2015
-Organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach
-Romantic organ music from France and England
-Anglican/Episcopal Church liturgy and music
-The carillon and other cast-bell instruments
-Operas of Richard Wagner