Stephen Christen Price
Instructor of Organ
Stephen C. Price, has most recently returned to state of Indiana, bringing with him a variety of skill sets pertaining to pedagogy, performance, and church music. Price was formerly the Associate Director of Music and Organist at First United Methodist Church, San Diego, CA--a 2000-member congregation with one of the most vibrant music programs in the area. Price was also active in the San Diego American Guild of Organist Chapter and built a private studio of organ, improvisation, and keyboard harmony students.
In 2009, Price graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance, where he studied with Stephen Roberts. Following his undergraduate career, Price received a Fulbright Grant to France, studying organ at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse with Michel Bouvard, and Jan Willem Jansen, where he received the Diplôme d’Études Musicales, in addition to Le Prix François Vidal from the city of Toulouse, with mention “Très Bien” from the jury. While studying in France, Stephen performed recitals at numerous venues in France including the Basilica of Saint-Sernin (Toulouse) and the American Church (Paris).
Price graduated with a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2012. The following fall, Price competed in the Franz Schmidt 4th International Organ Competition in Kitzbüel, Austria, and was awarded the Robert Fuchs Prize. He also received a monetary award and was featured in the final prize winners concert in Hopfgarten, Austria. In the fall of 2013, Price competed in the City of Biarritz 14th International Organ Competition in France, sponsored by the André Marchal Organ Academy. Price was one of three competitors who advanced to the final round of the competition, and was the only representative from the United States. In October of 2014, Price competed in the Canadian International Organ Competition where he earned a place as a semi-finalist.
Most recently, Price was awarded a member of the Inaugural Class of 2015, 20 under 30 winners by the Diapason Magazine, recognizing young professionals who have contributed to the fields of Organ and Sacred music. Price is currently finishing research on the topic, "An Organist’s Guide to Musicality: Shapes in Perpetual Motion and Lyrical Styles," in fulfilment of the Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University in the studio of Janette Fishell.