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About Me:

An active composer with more than 200 compositions in print, Dr. Greene now serves as Organist-Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynchburg, Virginia.

A lifelong love of the organ and its music has been the gateway for me into forty years of service to the church in its myriad forms.  A graduate of Appalachian State University, Northwestern University, and the Eastman School of Music, where I received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Performer’s Certificate, I have taught organ at Appalachian State, the Nazareth College of Rochester, New York, and Ithaca College.   My revered professors have included H. Max Smith, Wolfgang Rübsam, and the inimitable Russell Saunders.  Along my educational pathway, I acquired a passion for the subtleties of the harpsichord and spent a year studying that instrument with Gustav Leonhardt in the Netherlands under an ITT International Fellowship.  Concurrently with the completion of my DMA, I received a Masters degree in harpsichord, studying with Arthur Haas.

 

In the church, I have found great joy in working with choirs, large and small, in styles ranging from plainchant to the thoroughly contemporary—in the best sense of that word.  In working in churches over the years, I have become aware of a need for an ever renewing supply of well-crafted and accessible organ and choral music that can be learned in a reasonable amount of time.  For my published music along these lines, the first of which appeared in 1997, I have received ten ASCAP+ awards from the American Society of Composers, Arrangers, and Publishers.

 

A native of western North Carolina, I have lived in Virginia with my wife and daughters (and two cats and a dog named Poco) since 1999.