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Robert Huw Morgan

Robert Huw Morgan is the University Organist at Stanford University. A native of Wales, he received his BA and MA from Cambridge University and in 1989 became a Fellow of the Royal College of organists.

Between 1985 and 1988, he was an Organ Scholar at St. John's College, Cambridge University where his duties included playing the organ for the daily services in the College Chapel, and assisting in the direction of the celebrated choir of boys and men. During this time, he studied organ with the British virtuoso Nicolas Kynaston.

In 1999, he obtained two DMAs in organ performance and orchestral conducting from the University of Washington in Seattle where his teachers were Professors Carole Terry (organ) and Peter Erzös (conducting). His dissertation on the Preludes and Fugues (Op.36) of Marcel Dupré has been acknowledged as one of the first theoretical works on a composition by the great French organist and composer.

From 1994 to 1996 he was a staff piano accompanist at the University of Washington School of Music and thereafter, for three years was the Assistant Conductor of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra and Opera. In this role, he conducted performances of such operas as The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, Hansel & Gretel and Verdi's Falstaff, as well as several orchestral performances.

As both an accompanist and soloist he has toured in Europe, America and Australia and has recorded performances for BBC television and radio, as well as for radio and television stations in the United States and Canada. In September 1998, he was a finalist at the Calgary International Organ Competition.

He currently holds the position of Lecturer in Organ at the Stanford University School of Music.