The East Texas Pipe Organ Festival Presents Katie Minion in Concert at the First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore, Texas. KATIE MINION, originally from the Chicago-land area, began her first musical studies on violin at the age of four and began playing organ during high school. Since then, she has won numerous awards and competitions, including a Fulbright research grant to study in France. She also won first place in both the prestigious Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition in Organ Playing 2012 and the Fox Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists’ Regional Competition for Young Organists in 2013.
Katie completed her Bachelors of Music in Organ Performance with distinction at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, studying primarily with Dr. Janette Fishell. At IU, she was both a Jacobs Scholar and a Founder’s Scholar, awards given for the highest honors in music and academic achievement. During a semester abroad program, she also studied with Michael Gailit in Vienna, Austria. Named by the Diapason as a young organist showing “superior accomplishments, leadership, creativity, and innovative thinking,” Katie was inducted into the “20 under 30 - Class of 2015.” She studied organ en perfectionnement with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen at the Toulouse Conservatoire in Toulouse, France, while completing her Fulbright grant in 2015-2016.
Currently, Katie is in her second year of graduate studies in organ performance and musicology with Stefan Engels at Southern Methodist University. She also serves as Assistant Organist at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. Recent performances have included recitals in Dallas, Paris, Toulouse, New York City, Chicago, and appearances in Germany and Austria.