Christian Lane is Assistant University Organist and Choirmaster at Harvard University.
Acclaimed for his “driving energy and mature interpretation (The American Organist),” Mr. Lane
quickly established himself as one of the country’s most accomplished young organists by earning
first prize in four major American organ competitions before reaching his twenty-first birthday.
In addition, he earned both second prize and the coveted audience prize at the 2004 American
Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition (NYACOP), widely considered to be
the country’s preeminent contest in this field. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and the Sacred
Music Diploma from the Eastman School of Music, where his mentor and teacher was Prof.
David Higgs. Subsequently, he completed graduate work with Prof. Thomas Murray as a
Robert Baker Scholar at Yale University, earning a Master’s degree from the Yale School of
Music and a certificate from Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music. Passionate about commissioning
new music and using the organ in collaborative settings, Mr. Lane has performed extensively
throughout the United States and in Europe. Notably, he premiered two commissioned works
by composer Nico Muhly and he regularly performs joint programs with internationally
acclaimed soprano Jolle Greenleaf. In addition, Mr. Lane has been privileged to serve within
several of the United States’ most prominent parish music programs prior to, and including, his
2008 appointment at Harvard. Included are the Episcopal Churches of Trinity-on-the-Green
(New Haven) and Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue (New York City).
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