Randall Swanson

Randall Swanson

Organist

Organist Randall Swanson grew up in southeastern Wisconsin about 75 minutes from Winnetka. Prior to his appointment here at WCC, he served he served Presbyterian, Catholic and Episcopal congregations in Chicago, Houston, and Virginia. He is featured as organist on “The Last Song of Summer,” a CD of music for organ and cello, recorded with Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Donald Moline and released on the Dorian classical label. In addition to organ playing, Randall has trained and conducted choirs for services and concerts in many of the great cathedrals and monuments of Christendom, including Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Chartres Cathedral, St-Sernin Basilica in Toulouse, France for the highly prestigious Toulouse les Orgue Festival International, Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the Duomo in Florence, and Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. His 1995 CD recording as conductor of Mozart’s Requiem with the Choir and Orchestra of Saint Clement (Chicago) was released world-wide on the Amadis label and is featured in 1998’s critically acclaimed film “Happiness,” and his annual productions of Handel’s complete Messiah with period instruments were highlights of the December concert season in Chicago for over two decades.  Randall holds degrees in organ performance and church music from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin (Bachelor of Music), the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas (Master of Music), and Northwestern University in Evanston (Doctor of Music).