First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, Texas and The East Texas Pipe Organ Festival will present a three-day silent film festival and organ recital series May 31 through June 2, with the organ recitals and movies being held at First Presbyterian Church on its magnificent 1949 Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, and additional events held at the Museum of Broadcasting in Kilgore and the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival Headquarters, home of the William Teague Residence Organ, the John Beck Library, and the C. Thomas Rhoads Permanent Collection.
Regarded as one of North America’s finest concert organists and praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique, and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, KEN COWAN maintains a rigorous performing schedule that takes him to major concert venues in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
A native of Thorold, Ontario, Canada, Mr. Cowan received the Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, studying organ with Thomas Murray. Prior to attending Yale, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with John Weaver. Following initial studies with his father, David, his principal teacher during his high school years was James Bigham, Music Director at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, in Buffalo, NY.
In 2012, Mr. Cowan joined the keyboard faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as Associate Professor and head of the organ program. He is additionally Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, TX. Previous positions have included Associate Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ, where he was awarded the 2008 Rider University Distinguished Teaching Award, and Associate Organist and Artist in Residence at Saint Bartholomew’s Church in New York City.