An Interview With Gerre Hancock: Reflections From America's Master of Improvisation

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The name Gerre Hancock is synonymous with organ improvisation in America. As the former organist and choirmaster of New York City's famed St. Thomas Church from 1971 to 2004, Dr. Hancock distinguished himself as one of America's leading improvisers through his extemporizations in the worship services at St. Thomas, his improvisations in recitals and concerts, his national and international presentations at conferences and conventions, and his teaching of literally hundreds of students. He is the author of Improvising: How to Master the Art (Oxford University Press), which is considered by many to be the leading text on organ improvisation in this country. In August, this author had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Hancock in his office at the University of Texas in Austin for a conversation of reflection and insight on the topic of improvisation.


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