French

Organ

Music

Seminar since 1986

The Experience of a Lifetime!

Christina Harmon resides in East Texas, where she is the Assistant Organist at Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler, Texas. She recently retired as organist at Park  Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, where she served for 37 years as organist and for 20 years as composer-in-residence. Many of her compositions are available from www.sacredmusicpublishing.com, sheet music plus, Lorenz, and other sources.


She is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Southern Methodist University and has
done further study at Union Theological Seminary, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the University of North Texas. She has worked as an organ and theory instructor at Southern Methodist University, the University of North Texas, Dallas Baptist University, and the University of Texas at Dallas.  Many of her former students are now professional students and prize winners.


She is featured on several c.d.s, including Summershimmer, Music of Women Organists; The Music at Park Cities Baptist;  Sing Gloria, the Choirs at St. Michael's and All Angel; and Christmas in Dallas: Trumpet and Organ Christmas Music arranged by Christina Harmon and Performed by Members of the Dallas and Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestras.  A new cd, The Organs of Keeweenaw featuring Christina Harmon playing the organs of the Michigan Upper Peninsula, is now available from Raven recordings.


For many years Christina Harmon has given concerts in churches in the United States and in Europe, including Westminster Abbey (where she was invited to play two years in a row), and Westminster Cathedral.  Her concerts at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and at the Cathedral of Chartres were given outstanding reviews: “The public was caught up in the very brilliant and precise playing of this concert artist of great talent.” Echo Republicain, Chartres, France.


“We were able to appreciate the sensitivity, precision and virtuosity of the performance of Christina Harmon at Notre Dame Cathedral.  Thanks to the high quality of her execution this concert was marvelous and exciting, and a very great success.” Inter-Orgue, Paris, France.


Christina's prize-winning compositions have received outstanding reviews from individuals and publications. Her works for choir, organ, and instruments have been performed in churches throughout the U. S. and Europe and are featured on recordings by Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet, Barbara Harbach, and others. Her publications and bio are listed in the third revised and enlarged edition of A Directory of Composers for Organ, (John Henderson Publishing Ltd., 2005).


In 1986 she founded the French and British Organ Music Seminars, which have become events of international status in which organists from all over the world study and perform on some of the greatest European organs.  In addition she is the editor of six DVD’s which feature the Parisian organs and organists of Ste-Clotilde and St-Sulpice,  all available through the Organ Historical Society.

Christina Harmon

BFOMS Staff

Cliff Varnon

Masako Gaskin

Cliff Varnon is a director of the British Organ Music Seminar. He has also been an assistant with the French Organ Music Seminar since 1996. He is currently the organist/choir master at St. Matthias Anglican Church, Dallas, TX and a piano and voice instructor at the Dallas School Of Performing Arts in Garland, Texas. He has served numerous churches in the Dallas area, including 14 years as music director at John Calvin Presbyterian Church. For over 12 years he owned a retail music store specializing in choral, handbell and keyboard music. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in organ from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and a Masters of Music Degree in choral conducting from Texas A & M, in Commerce, Texas.

Masako Gaskin resides in Beaumont, Texas, where she first became interested in the French Organ Music Seminar through her son, Samuel Gaskin, who studied organ and theory with Christina Harmon for many years. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University and has gone on to become a practicing artist in the Beaumont area, specializing in watercolor, pastels, greeting cards, knitting, and quilting.


Masako served in the U. S. Army as an aircraft electrician, working on the electrical systems of helicopters (Huey, Shinook, Cobra, and Black Hawk) at Ft. Lewis and at the Sotocano Air Base in Honduras.


Masako has served as the Festival Chair for the Texas Federation Music Club in Beaumont since 2004, organizing events for over 100 students each year through Lamar University and music teachers throughout southeast Texas.


Serving as the Assistant Director of the French Organ Music Seminar since 2007, she has organized itineraries, tours, master classes, and events in France, Germany, England, and Spain, and has been instrumental in arranging international travel and hotel accommodations. Her fluency in Japanese and ability to communicate with Asian students has expanded the influence of the French Organ Music Seminar to the Asian musical world.

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About us

Douglas Fossek (Santa Barbara, CA) is an organ enthusiast who has studied organ since retiring from a forty-year career teaching college English in Santa Barbara, California.  He has studied with Lucile Beasley and Steve Hodson of Westmont College, California, and Barbara Baird of Oregon State University, Eugene.  His greatest passion is for Romantic and Twentieth-Century works.  This is his 10th visit to the organ world of FOMS in the past eighteen years.

Douglas Fossek

Jill Hunt

Jill S. Hunt retired in 2015 from a lifetime of work as a church musician. She served as organist and choir director at several churches in the Chicago area and from  1995-2015 she was Director of Music/Organist, and directed children's choirs and handbell choirs at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, IL.  She holds degrees in piano and organ performance from Oklahoma City University and Northwestern University and has studied organ with Wilma Jensen, Karel Paukert, and Dr. Richard Enright.  Jill has performed frequent organ recitals in Chicago area

churches including Fourth Presbyterian, Holy Name Cathedral, St. James Cathedral, and Elliott Chapel at the Presbyterian Homes in Evanston, IL.  She is a past Dean of the North Shore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  This summer will be Jill's ninth trip with FOMS!  The experience of playing the organs of Ste. Sulpice, Notre Dame, St. Paul's, Westminster Abbey, and so many other historic and amazing instruments has been thrilling beyond measure and absolutely life-changing!