Dr. Isabelle Demers
Assistant Professor of Organ
School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Waco TX 76798-7408
Phone: (254) 710-1417
Fax: (254) 710-1497
ISABELLE DEMERS has been hailed as a "musician's musician," a "diminutive dynamo" with vehement virtuosity. Critics and audiences have praised her special feel for registration and her idiosyncratic exploitation of the organ's resources. Her programs, performed entirely from memory, have received rave reviews in leading organ magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.
Recent engagements include the cathedrals of Cologne and Regensburg in Germany, St. Paul's Cathedral in London, as well as major universities and concert halls in the US, among them Davies Hall (San Francisco), Disney Hall (Los Angeles), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Yale University, and the Eastman School of Music. She has also been a featured performer at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. She has a special fondness for transcriptions and for the music of German composers, among them J.S. Bach and Max Reger.
Dr. Demers holds the BM in piano and organ from Le Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, as well as MM and DMA from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Paul Jacobs. Her doctoral work on Bach's St. John's Passion received the Richard French Prize for best dissertation at commencement.
She is Assistant-Professor of Organ at Baylor University, where she teaches applied organ and other courses in the organ curriculum.