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Dr. Brian Mathias is currently Adjunct Instructor of Organ at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and Associate Organist at Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri. An active recitalist, his recent recital engagements include the Salt Lake Tabernacle and the LDS Conference Center (Salt Lake City, Utah), the Cathedral of the Madeleine (Salt Lake City, Utah), the Community of Christ Temple (Independence, Missouri), and All Faiths Chapel at Kansas State University (Manhattan, Kansas).

Dr. Mathias’s responsibilities at Washburn University include teaching applied organ and organ literature, as well as overseeing the operations of the organ department. Prior to this current appointment, he taught applied organ, carillon, and courses in basic organ techniques, hymn playing, and organ literature at the University of Kansas and Brigham Young University. Dr. Mathias also serves on the faculty of the annual BYU Organ Workshop, where he has presented courses on organ registration, organ literature, advanced pedal technique, and music theory.

Dr. Mathias has been a competitor in a number of recent international organ competitions. He was a semifinalist at the 2011 Canadian International Organ Competition (Montréal, Quebec), and a quarterfinalist at the prestigious Grand Prix de Chartres International Organ Competition (Paris, France) in 2010. Most recently, he received an honorable mention in the 2012 Miami International Organ Competition.

Mathias earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas, where he studied organ with James Higdon and carillon with Elizabeth Berghout. He received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Brigham Young University where he undertook studies in organ with Don Cook and Douglas Bush and carillon with Don Cook. Dr. Mathias has also performed in masterclasses with a number of distinguished artists, including Olivier Latry, Martin Jean, John Grew, Robert Parkins, Larry Smith, Delbert Disselhorst, Ann Elise Smoot, and Roman Cantieni.

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