Monday October

Ovid Young Memorial Organ Recital Series

Charles Barland, guest organist, performs on Olivet's Ruffatti pipe organ.


Charles Barland was appointed director of the University of Dubuque Choir in 2002 and served as director until 2018. Currently he is Professor of Music and University Organist at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa. 

A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Charles Barland earned the Bachelor of Arts degree at Carroll University, Waukesha, the Master of Arts degree at the University of Iowa and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas.  

He is a two-time winner of the Faculty of the Year Award from the University of Dubuque as well as the recipient of John Knox Coit Prize for excellence in teaching and advising, the highest award given to faculty by the University of Dubuque.

As an organist, he has performed throughout the United States and in Germany, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England including performances in Armagh, Glasgow, London, Munich, Boston, Orlando, Chicago, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Honolulu.

In addition to his duties at the University of Dubuque, he is Director of Music for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Organist and Choir Director at St. Luke's United Methodist Church and a member of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Board, serving on the artistic advisory committee and the education committee. An active member of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society, he is Dean of the River Valley Chapter of the AGO, and a past officer of the Topeka and Dubuque Chapters of the AGO. He has two adult sons and a grandson.

The Olivet Nazarene University School of Music offers comprehensive study in Composition, Education, Ministry, Performance and more.  With seasoned faculty and numerous performance opportunities, every genre of music lives and thrives within the halls of the Larsen Fine Arts Center. The entire campus embraces the arts and culture with more than 500 students participating in music ensembles and chamber groups. Click here to learn more.

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