Called “a rising star definitely worth watching” (Michael Barone, Pipedreams) and “unusually able and sensitive” (The American Organist), Adam Pajan is Instructor of Organ and Shop Technician at the University of Oklahoma’s American Organ Institute, where he teaches students in organ performance, organ technology, and church music. He received his DMA in 2014 under John Schwandt following studies at Furman University and Yale University, earning the BM and MM degrees under the tutelage of Charles Tompkins, Martin Jean, and Thomas Murray respectively. His performing career has taken him across the United States and to Germany multiple times, playing in the cathedrals of Mainz, Magdeburg, Fulda, and Altenberg and other historical churches; and to England at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, and the Cathedrals of Wells and Bristol. Upcoming performances include tours to Hawaii, Switzerland, and Germany.
Dr. Pajan has been recognized as the first prize recipient in three national competitions (Albert Schweitzer, Arthur Poister, and Ruth and Clarence Mader) and received the Firmin Swinnen Second Prize in the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in 2013. Adam’s accomplishments were recognized in being named one of The Diapason’s “20 Under 30” of 2016, an award established to acknowledge individuals who are “setting the pace for the future of the pipe organ, harpsichord, carillon, and church music.” His playing has been heard at conventions of the American Institute of Organbuilders, Organ Historical Society, American Guild of Organists, American Liszt Society, and multiple times on American Public Media’s Pipedreams. An enthusiastic church musician, he serves as Organist and Choir Director at St. Mark the Evangelist in Norman, Oklahoma, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Oklahoma Master Chorale, and is a former Dean of the Southern Plains Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Adam is in his second year as Artist in Residence at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tulsa, OK, where he will collaborate with resident musician Joseph Arndt on Evensong and concert programs, education, and outreach, and where he has served in an advisory role in the design of the new Schoenstein pipe organ, Op. 173. His first recording, “Romantic Resonance,” was released in February 2018 on the Raven label (www.ravencd.com), containing works of Harris, Bairstow, Whitlock, Barnes, Howells, and Jongen and recorded on the Kegg pipe organ at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Canton, Ohio. It received a four-star review from the British Choir and Organmagazine, praised as an “immaculately played programme” in which “his feeling for chameleon-like color is highly advanced.” The American Record Guide hailed the program as “played in its kaleidoscopic glory by a superb organist.”
For more information, please visit www.adampajan.com.