A Diversity of Riches
Multi-Ethnic Organ Music by 20th-Century American Composers
Herndon Spillman, Organist
About the Performer
An organist acclaimed for his interpretation of French music and specifically the organ works of Maurice Duruflé, Herndon Spillman began his musical training at the age of six in his home town of Huntsville, Alabama with Henry and Nell Lane Bradford. Studying organ with Ralph Simpson at Dillard University in New Orleans, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, magna cum laude, in 1966. With a Woodrow Wilson fellowship he earned his Master's degree in organ performance as well as a Performer's Certificate in 1968 at Indiana University.
As artist in residence at the Cité International des Arts in Paris in 1971 he studied with Maurice Duruflé, André Marchal, and Marie-Claire Alain. In 1973 he made the first recording of the complete organ works of Maurice Duruflé, which was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque. Upon his return from Paris he completed his thesis, The Organ Works of Maurice Duruflé and received his Doctorate of Music in 1975.
Herndon Spillman teaches at Louisiana State University where he coordinates the organ program in the School of Music.
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