Nantucket Music Center 26th Annual Organ Crawl

October 7th, 2017

Carson Cooman on Bigelow Organ at St. Mary’s Church
Brian Jones on Steere Organ at the First Congregational Church
Brian Jones on Roche Organ at the Congregational Church
Break! in the Parlor at 56 Centre Street
Carson Cooman and Isaiah Williams on Appleton Organ at the Methodist Church
Marcia Hempel on Goodrich Organ at the Unitarian Church
Margot Townsend Young and Isaiah Williams on Hutchings-Votey Organ at St. Paul’s Church


FREE ADMISSION ~ $5 Suggested Donation Per Concert
$20 Suggested Donation for Full Crawl
Donations are divided equally amongst the churches for their organ funds.


CARSON COOMAN is an American composer and organist. He holds degrees in music from Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University and since 2006 has held the position of Composer in Residence at The Memorial Church, Harvard University. As an organ recitalist, Cooman specializes in the performance of contemporary music. Over 300 new compositions by more than 100 international composers have been written for him. Cooman has made many recordings as organist, including two recordings of music by Lothar Graap (Kunaki), three recordings of music by Carlotta Ferrari (Kunaki), a recording of Andreas Willscher’s 19th and 20th organ symphonies (Divine Art), a recording of Willscher’s 5th organ symphony (Divine Art), a double CD set of music by Eva-Maria Houben (Wandelweiser), A Marvelous Love: New Music for Organ (Albany; featuring works by Van Ness, Dalton, Rozema, Benner, Åberg, Stover, and Machajdík), and Legends in the Garden: Organ Music by Thomas Åberg (Soundspells). His recordings of over 1,300 additional contemporary organ compositions can be heard freely from his website and YouTube. As a composer, Cooman has created a catalog of works in many forms—ranging from solo instrumental pieces to operas, and from orchestral works to hymn tunes. His work has been performed on all six inhabited continents and appears on over forty recordings, including more than twenty complete CDs on the Naxos, Albany, Artek, Gothic, Divine Art, Métier, Diversions, Convivium, Altarus, MSR Classics, Raven, and Zimbel labels. For more information, visit: 

BRIAN JONES is Emeritus Director of Music and Organist of Trinity Church, Boston.  He is Director of the Copley Singers, a Boston-based semi-professional chorus, and he is active as an organ solo artist and in piano/organ programs with David McGrory, pianist.  Since retiring from Trinity, he has filled nearly a dozen interim positions including The Cathedral of St John, Albuquerque, New Mexico;  Harvard Memorial Church, Cambridge; Old South Church, Boston, St Anne’s in the Fields, Lincoln; Christ Church, Alexandria, VA, to name a few.  He has recorded on the London-Polygram, Dorian, Gothic and AFKA labels, and his recordings with the Trinity Choir have been acclaimed by many, including David Vernier, who called the Choir ‘One of America’s finest choirs.”  Brian now lives in Concord with his husband, Michael Rocha, and in his spare time enjoys family and friends, reading, gardening, sailing,travel, exercise, and driving his vintage car (“Lydia”), a 1933 Chrysler Royal 8 Rumble Seat Coupe.

ISAIAH WILLIAMS is seventeen years old and a senior at Nantucket High School. He has studied piano with Dr. Tinka Knopf and organ with Bernie Nadeau, Marcia Hempel, Robert Behrman, Robert Avery and James David Christie.  Isaiah has also attended the Interlochen Arts Academy for two summers and this past summer, the Oberlin Summer Academy for high school organists.  He has been playing services since July at the Methodist Church and also performs in a duo with his mother, cellist Mollie Glazer at the Nantucket Hotel.



MARGOT TOWNSEND YOUNG currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the McLean Orchestra, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Nantucket Music Center.

Ms. Young served on the staff and Board of Trustees of the Cathedral Choral Society at Washington National Cathedral and she is currently a singing member. During ten years on the Choral Society staff, her positions included Community Engagement Manager, Director of Institutional Advancement, and Interim Executive Director.

Ms. Young holds a BA degree from Wellesley College, a Masters of Church Music from Boston University and a Certificate in Arts Management from American University.


MARCIA HEMPEL is Organist and Music Director at First Congregational Church in Harwich, MA, a position she has held since February of 2012.  Prior to that she was Music Director at the Unitarian Church on Nantucket.  She lives in Dennisport with her husband, Kelly, and has two grown step-daughters.  She is founder and director of the Harwich Women’s Chorus, accompanist and director of the Victrola Society Chorus, and teaches private voice and piano lessons.