Legacy Concert

The Fall 2022 Organ Studio of Dr. Miriam Zach will be presented on Saturday, 12 November 2022 at 1:30pm in Martha-Ellen Tye Hall. Miriam Zach’s students are playing repertoire that she learned many moons ago with Jobst-Hermann Koch in Germany, including compositions by Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, and Josef Rheinberger.

The concert is in honor of Jobst-Hermann Koch (Lemgo, Germany)

Going Dutch-Benelux Organ Studio Recital

On Saturday, 23 April 2022 I will perform in the Martha Ellen Tye Hall with ten of my organ students an organ studio recital titled “Going Dutch/Benelux”   with 10 of my organ students. Below is the program (click on the page image). The poster above was designed by Devin Palmer with ideas by me from fond memories of being in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg (Benelux).


26th International Festival of Women Composers

You are invited to our 26th International Festival of Women Composers this Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Iowa State University that Miriam Zach organized as Festival Founder/Creative Director.

This year’s annual international festival includes 500 years of music by 10 women composers from 4 countries, and 10 outstanding ISU Music Department violin, viola, voice, piano, and organ faculty and former and current ISU Music students of opera and organ.

The background of the poster above comes from the Maryamin mosaic (Syria, 4th century AD), which is one of our most important sources of the history of keyboard instruments. The left side of the image shows an organist playing with both hands, which suggests polyphony and harmony in the medieval era, almost 800 years before these were known in western musical thought and practice. The Maryamin mosaic is important as it links Eastern and Western musical thought. In the middle left of the image there is an aulos (double flute = ancient Greek instrument), and in the center a jal tarang (singing bowls of water) popular in India.

Here is the program (click on this link or on the image below):

Nine Lessons and Carols Performance

You are invited to “Nine Lessons and Carols” service at St. John’s by the Campus 2338 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 10am. We journeyed through Advent and Christmas in six languages and eight countries including Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, and the United States.

See the program as a PDF below:

Scandinavian Organ Music Recital

Students in Dr. Miriam Zach’s organ studio will present Scandinavian music on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 1:30pm in Iowa State University’s Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall in the Music Building.

The recital is sponsored by the ISU Department of Music and Theatre, Sukup Manufacturing Co. of Sheffield, Iowa, and the Central Iowa Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

A note of provenance: The painting used as the background of the poster above is Chez Moi (1887) by Norwegian visual artist Harriet Backer (1845-1932) who was the sister of musician Agathe Backer-Grondahl (1847-1907), one of the composers whose music will be performed on November 13th.

Below is a link to the program PDF

Organ Historical Society International Kaleidoscope of Color Festival

The Organ Historical Society international “Kaleidoscope of Colors” Festival invited Miriam Zach, organist, to record with the Iowa State University Brombaugh pipe organ to represent the Midwest and U.S. tracker pipe organ revival. The virtual tour will include music by 10 international women composers.

For more information go to the Organ Historical Society’s Kaleidoscope of Colors page .

Princeton University Virtual Alumni Sing Reception

On 21 May 2021 at 5:00pm EDT I will join the virtual Alumni Sing Reception at Princeton University. As part of this celebration there will be breakout rooms to chat with other alumni, and the  new virtual choir video will premiere. Finally outgoing Princeton University Chapel Choir Director Penna Rose will say a few words, and share a video compilation of excerpts from messages people around the world have sent to Penna.

On the Zoom screenshot above I’m in the second row, fifth singer from the left…