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As a student of Cherry Rhodes and Ladd Thomas, Peter Fennema received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organ performance from the University of Southern California.  He was twice named Outstanding Graduate by the faculty of the USC School of Music.  Peter is the recipient of numerous organ playing awards, including the Martha Farr and Hunter Mead competitions (Pasadena AGO), the Wanda Edmiston Competition (San Diego), the Young Artist Award (LA AGO), the David Lennox Smith Memorial Award, a Los Angeles Rotary scholarship, and several USC scholarships.

Jean Guillou | Toccata

Nicolas de Grigny | Récit de Tierce en Taille

Peter was a finalist at the American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Competition in Washington, D.C.  His recording there of the formidable Octaves etude by Jeanne Demessieux has been broadcast on American Public Media's PIPEDREAMS program several times.  He has presented numerous solo concerts, and has been a featured organist for the William Hall Chorale and the Carmel Bach Festival. Peter has held positions at several churches, including All Saints Episcopal (Pasadena), Pasadena Presbyterian Church, St. James Episcopal (South Pasadena), St. Matthias Episcopal (Whittier), Westwood United Methodist Church, and St. Alban's Episcopal Church (Los Angeles).

Jeanne Demessieux | Octaves

Listen to Peter Fennema perform at the 1982 AGO National Competition. Recorded at the National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C. and broadcast on Pipedreams, original air date September 1991.

Octaves Etude - Jeanne Demessieux
Jeanne Demessieux

Jehan Alain | Trois Danses

Maurice Duruflé | Méditation

André Isoir | Six Variations sur un Psaume Huguenot

Jehan Alain | Litanies

Jehan Alain | Aria

Olivier Messiaen | Les Yeux dans les Roues

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