Kevin Vaughn wins 2015 Organ Scholar Auditions

Author: Matt Haines

On Saturday, February 7, five student organists from major universities around the Midwest competed in the annual Immanuel Lutheran Church Organ Scholar Auditions in Evanston, Illinois. Each contestant was personally nominated by their organ or church music professor and performed a major work of J. S. Bach, another contrasting piece, and a hymn. Kevin Vaughn, a second-year student in the DMA program at Notre Dame studying with Professor Craig Cramer, played Bach’s Trio Sonata in C minor, BWV 526, Gaston Litaize’s Prelude et danse fugée, and “Come you faithful, raise the strain” to the tune Gaudeamus pariter. Particularly impressed by his performance of the Litaize and his academic research interest in the liturgical music of this same composer, the committee named Kevin their 2015 Organ Scholar. In addition to a cash prize, he will perform a winner’s recital at the church in Eastertide.