Final from Symphony #1 [8:10]
Louis Vierne
“Great 18” Chorale Prelude, Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein [2:43]
J.S. Bach, BWV 734
3.Grave, from 2nd Sonata [5:15]
Felix Mendelssohn
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring from Cantata 32 [3:16]
J.S. Bach, BWV 147 Beverly Benda, Soprano
“Cathedral” Prelude and Fugue in e minor [5:26]
J.S. Bach, BWV 533
6.Trumpet Voluntary in D Major [4:55]
John Stanley, ed. Diane Bish
Fantaisie in A [13:49]
César Franck recorded live, October 31st, 2004
Wenn Wir in Höchsten Nöthen Sein [2:51]
J.S. Bach, BWV 641
Hymn tune “Michael” [2:10]
music by Herbert Howells, 1930-1977; words by Joachim Neander, 1680, trans. By Fred Pratt Green, 1986. 2 verses plus an Interlude composed by Susan Burkhalter
Humoresque [3:00]
Antonin Dvorak
Two movements from the “Schubert Sonata in G Major”

Op. 14, No. 2
Ludwig von Beethoven

  1. Allegro [4:55]
  2. Scherzo, Assai Allegro [4:45]

Brasileira [2:05]
Alexander Peskanov
First Arabesque [4:10]
Claude Debussy
Kitten on the Keys [2:30]
Zez Confrey
Intermezzo from “Faschingsschwank aus Wien”, Op. 26 [2:50]
Robert Schumann
Of Foreign Lands and People from Kinderscenen, Op. 15 [1:12]
Robert Schumann

Susan Burkhalter was born and grew up in the Washington, DC area. She is a 1970 graduate of the College of Wooster, with a Bachelor of Music in piano, organ minor. She also studied for two years as an undergraduate at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She was a piano teacher for 30 years until 2008. She began piano studies at age 7, continuing through high school. She studied with Daniel Winter at college and as an adult for 13 years with Robert Dumm, a former professor at Catholic University who also wrote columns for Clavier Magazine and Keyboard Classics.

She was Associate Organist at 1st Church of Christ, Scientist in Mt. Vernon, Virginia for 8 years, from May 2006 through April 2014 and continues to substitute as organist and director in Maryland, DC and Virginia. Her organ teachers since 1973 included Ronald Stalford, and Dale Krider, formerly Music Director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in College Park, Maryland. Susan says, "I studied with him for a total of 17 years, until May 2015. He wasn't just my organ teacher, but also my spiritual guide! It was tough to lose him as a teacher and friend when he moved to Easton, Maryland."  Susan says, "My new organ teacher since June 2015 is Robert Grogan, Carillonneur and Organist Emeritus at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.  He also teaches organ and music at Catholic University and is a composer. My organ lesson with him is given on his 3-manual home Hauptwerk digital organ on which he has downloaded over 200 organs from all over the world.  On this organ you can virtually play each of those organs and change registrations." Her other organ teachers: Charles Callahan, and Kenneth Lowenberg (organ, improvisation, and composition).  She passed the Colleague exam of the American Guild of Organists in 2003. She is married to Curtis Shively and they have two adult children, a daughter and a son.



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Dale Krider, my organ teacher for 17 years, and I in 2015 at the organ in St. Andrews Episcopal on which my CD was recorded.

Here are 2 photos. One is of me playing the digital organ at home, and the other
​is me giving an informal piano concert at a neighbor's house. ​


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