Made in America: The Organ Works of Arthur Foot

Patrick Kronner

Thursday, June 23, 8 AM

This presentation will highlight the contributions made by the American composer Arthur Foote (1853-1937) to the corpus of American organ works, his influences on the development of an organ culture in this country, his work with the A.G.O., and his legacy. According to Wilma Ried Cipolla, Foote was the “first American composer to receive his entire musical training in the United States; he received the first Master’s degree in music to be granted by an American university, and he was the first native-born and –trained American composer to achieve international recognition...”This presentation will shed light on the often overlooked composer and illuminate a less-familiar, yet important, era of American musical history.

Patrick Kronner is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University, studying under Dr. Janette Fishell. He holds a Bachelor of Music in organ performance from Oakland University and a Masters from Indiana University. As a recipient of the Hollingsworth Fund Award, Kronner traveled to Herford, Germany, where he served as the assistant organist at the Herforder Münsterkirche and studied at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Herford. In 2013 the “virtuoso organist from Detroit thrilled... and surprised”(Mindener Tageblatt) audiences as he presented a dozen recitals of primarily American organ music throughout Europe. He is currently organist and choral program director at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.