Renowned organist, Jamestown native performing at UB

BUFFALO — The University at Buffalo Department of Music, in collaboration with the Buffalo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, is pleased to present concert organist and Jamestown native Joshua Stafford in recital on Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on the University at Buffalo’s Amherst campus.

A native of Jamestown, Stafford studied at such distinguished institutions as the Curtis Institute of Music and the Yale School of Music. At Yale, he was the recipient of both a full-tuition scholarship and the Robert Baker Award, given to a first year organ student who exhibits exceptional promise and achievement in their field of study.

Stafford’s meticulous technique and musical engagement compelled the jury of the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition to name him, out of 10 stellar competitors, the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize Winner of the event, earning him a very handsome cash award.

Joshua has performed on many notable organs and in respected venues, including the famous Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Ocean Grove Auditorium in New Jersey, the Chautauqua Institution in New York, and Spivey Hall in Georgia.

In Buffalo, Mr. Stafford will be performing on a landmark instrument created by C.B. Fisk, Inc. Organ builder Charles Fisk met David Fuller, noted harpsichordist, organist and musicologist, in the 1950s, beginning conversations that would culminate twenty-three years later in a new organ for Slee Concert Hall. As noted in the program book for the inaugural concerts on the instrument, the five-tower layout of the Slee Hall organ was inspired by the Cavaille-Coll organ at the Moscow Conservatory. The Fisk in Slee Hall is recognized as one of the most important instruments in any North American educational institution. The reasons are many, but highlights include the fact that it provides the possibility of idiomatic registrations for organ music in a wide variety of styles, and the unusual number of powerful low-pitched pipes that provide the solidity in bass and middle-pitch ranges necessary in music of the 19th and 20th centuries.


Olivier Messiaen: Les Corps Glorieux (1939)

VI. Joie et claret des corps Glorieux

“Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father”

Louis Vierne: Symphonie No. 4, Op. 32

IV. Romance

J.S. Bach: O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656

Edwin H. Lemare: Rondo Cappriccio, Op. 64

Antonin Dvor’k: Carnival Overture (transc. Edwin H. Lemare)

Franz Liszt: Fantasy and Fugue on Ad nos, ad salutarem undam, S. 259


UB Music Department concert tickets will be available through a variety of outlets this year. The least expensive and easiest way to purchase tickets is online at For those wishing to obtain tickets in another manner, there are options according to the following pricing structure:

General public

$15 plus $2 fee online at

$15 plus $4 fee by phone at 877-987-6487 (Ticketfly)

$19 in person at UB’s Center for the Arts (Tuesday-Friday, noon-6 p.m.)

$22 in person at the door (one hour before concert time)

Seniors/UB fac, staff, alumni/non-UB students

$10 plus $2 fee online at

$10 plus $4 fee by phone at 877-987-6487 (Ticketfly)

$14 in person at UB’s Center for the Arts (Tuesday-Friday, noon-6 p.m.)

$17 in person at the door (one hour before concert time)

All UB students with a valid ID will receive one complimentary ticket to all UB Music Department events.