Title: Assistant Professor of Keyboard (Organ and Harpsichord)
Office: 5229 Emery Hall
Originally from Toronto, Canada, multiple award-winning organist and harpsichordist Michael Unger appears as a soloist and chamber musician in North America, Europe, Japan and South Korea. He is a First Prize winner of the International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo, a First Prize and Audience Prize winner of the National Young Artists’ Competition of the American Guild of Organsits (NYACOP), and a Second Prize and Audience Award winner of the International Schnitger Organ Competition on the historic organs of Alkmaar, the Netherlands. Featured solo recitals include performances for the national convention of the American Guild of Organists, Boulder Bach Festival, Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg – Musica Sacra, and numerous international and regional recital series. Recent harpsichord performances include the Skaneateles Festival, appearances with Publick Musick and New York State Baroque, and collaborations as part of conventions for the International Viola Society and International Society of Bassists. He received favorable international reviews for his debut solo recordings under the Naxos and Pro Organo labels: Michael Unger: Organ Recital (recorded in Tokyo-Musashino, Japan) and Universe of Poetry (recorded in Rochester, New York). His performances have been broadcast on North American and European radio, in addition to syndicated programs Pipedreams and With Heart and Voice.
Unger holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under David Higgs and William Porter, and is a recipient of Eastman’s Performer’s Certificate in organ and Jerald C. Graue Musicology Fellowship. He is a Gold Medal graduate of the University of Western Ontario, and his former teachers include Ethel Briggs, Sandra Mangsen, Joel Speersta, and the late Larry Cortner. An active church musician, he is formerly the Director of Music at Rochester’s Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, and is a published composer of choral music. He is a former part-time Instructor at Eastman.