Dr. Geoffrey Wilcken has studied composition since 1982, first under Drs. Jeffrey Prater and Gary White, both of Iowa State University, and lately under Dr. Forrest Pierce, Dr. Ingrid Stölzel, Dr. Bryan Haaheim, and James Barnes at the University of Kansas. After the publication of his anthem “Lord Jesus Lay” by Augsburg Publishing House in 1984, he went on to win the Music Teachers’ National Association composition contest in 1985 and again in 1986. He began serving regularly as organist at St. Paul Lutheran in Ames, Iowa in 1988, and has remained vigorously involved in church and concert music ever since, serving currently as the organist at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in downtown Kansas City.
In addition to providing commissioned works and arrangements for many area organizations including the University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, Iowa State University, the Lawrence Civic Choir, and several area churches, Mr. Wilcken served as accompanist, rehearsal assistant, and resident composer to the Kansas City Fine Arts Chorale under Dr. Terri Teal for over a decade before taking over artistic direction of the re-formed ensemble, now Songflower Chorale.
He completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Iowa State University in composition (1995) while studying under Dr. Prater, and his Master of Music degree in choral conducting under Simon Carrington at the University of Kansas (1998), touring southern England with the KU chamber singers in 1997. He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Kansas in the spring of 2018.
In addition to being an active and accomplished choral musician, Dr. Wilcken has also written extensively for a variety of musical forces including full and chamber orchestra, concert band and wind ensemble, a variety of chamber ensembles, and electroacoustic presentations. He can also be heard on keys with Kansas City's own Moon City Big Band.
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