Rebecca te Velde
Rebecca Groom te Velde (b. 1956) is a third-generation professional organist, following both parents and her grandfather. She graduated summa cum laude from Seattle Pacific University where she studied organ and composition with her father, Lester H. Groom. In 1982, she received the M.Mus in organ literature and performance from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, having studied organ with Hugh McLean and composition with Jack Behrens. The Region VIII winner of the AGO National Playing Competition in 1979, she competed at the national level in Minneapolis in 1980. Also in 1980, she was selected to participate in the Flor Peeters International Master class at Mechelen, Belgium. For the academic year 1980-81 she received a full grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study with Michael Schneider at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany. During that year, she researched her master’s thesis on the ornamentation in J.S. Bach’s Eighteen Chorales. In 1989 she was certified as an Associate of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO). She has performed in numerous states as well as in Germany, England and Canada, and has published articles with The Musical Times and The American Organist. In 1991 she assumed her present position as organist of First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, OK. She is an active performer, composer, clinician, and adjunct instructor of music at Oklahoma State University. She currently serves as Dean of the Cimarron Chapter of the AGO. She and husband John, associate professor of German at OSU, have two children.
Rebecca te Velde has 2 titles published with Santa Barbara.
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