Louise Mundinger is an organist, conductor and composer living in the Boston area since 1980. As a church musician, recitalist and teacher she delights in the many and different doings that come with being an organist. She is the music director for MagnificatBoston, a choir of specializing in the promotion and singing of Evensong services in the (Episcopal)Diocese of Massachusetts. She attended New England Conservatory where she studied with Yuko Hayashi and Christa Rakich; and Valparaiso University where she studied with William Eifrig and Philip Gehring . Under the auspices of a Frank Huntington Beebe award for international music study, she studied with Zsigmond Szathmáry in Freiburg, Germany in 1985-86 during which time she played recitals, studied new music for the organ and learned to conduct a choir in German. She has given organ recitals on both US coasts and numerous places in between. Since 1986 she has been on the music faculty of Milton Academy, a college preparatory secondary boarding school. In 2008 she was awarded the Talbot Baker Award for Teaching by the Academy. At Milton, Louise Mundinger plays the 30-stop 1971 Casavant organ for chapel services and special events, directs choral groups and musical theater productions, teaches music history and General Music classes and coordinates an international music exchange program. As a composer she has been commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for both national and regional gatherings and the American Composers Forum. Among her recent works is The Young Shepherds’ Tale, a musical play for choir, congregation and organ. Louise Mundinger co-headed the New Music Committee for the Boston 2014 AGO National Convention, and is currently planning WIMFest2016 (Women in Music) for the Boston Chapter of the AGO to be held on May 22nd. She presented at the first Musforum conference in Manhattan in June 2015. Louise Mundinger likes to think of music in this way: “Music creates a connection when listeners listen, singers sing and players play.”
Louise Mundinger, organist
- Post graduate study in Freiburg, Germany with Zsigmond Szathmáry
- New England Conservatory, Boston (MM) with Yuko Hayashi and Christa Rakich
- Valparaiso University (BM) organ study with William Eifrig and Philip Gehring.
- Milton Academy (since 1986) choral director, music teacher and organist
- Katholische Kirche, Sankt Peter. Badenweiler, Germany (1985-86)
- Mary’s Episcopal Church, Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts (1984-92)
- Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School, Collinsville, Illinois (1978-30)
- MagnificatBoston, a choral group specializing in the singing of Evensong. Conductor since 2014.
- New Music Committees for the American Guild of Organists.
1990 National Convention. Committee member.
2009 Regional Convention. Boston. Chair.
2014 National Convention. Chair.
- Originated the Diocesan Youth Choir Camp for the (Episcopal) Diocese of Massachusetts (1992-2008), ages 10 – 18. Conductor and coordinator.
- WIMFest2016. A festival of women in music for the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Wellesley College. May 22, 2016. Coordinator and presenter.
- Winner of the Talbot Baker Award for Teaching at Milton Academy, 2008.
- Prizewinnter, 1990 San Anselmo Competition in Organ Improvisation
- Winner of Frank Huntington Beebe Award for Musicians for music study outside the US (1985-86)
- From Outside the Window. Interview with composer Libby Larsen. The American Organist. February 2014
- Interview with Israeli composer Betty Olivero. The American Organist. April 2014
- To speak, to sing, to play. Talk/demonstration for Musforum 2015. Church of the Transfiguration. New York City. June 20, 2015.
The American Guild of Organists (national and regional) , the American Composers Forum (Faith Partners program 2004), among others.
Old West Church. July 28, 2015.
St. Mary’s Church, Newton, MA. Organ re-dedication November 1,2015
The American Church. Paris, France. (Upcoming) January 3, 2016