Friends of Music

Friends of Music is proud to announce its 2024 Beckerath Organ Recital featuring:

Sunday, April 21st at 4:00pm – Michael Hey, Director of Music at Marble Collegiate Church, NYC.

Described as “scintillating” and “tremendously virtuosic” (The Straits Times, Singapore), concert organist Michael Hey has been increasingly visible on U.S. and international stages. He has performed organ concertos with the San Francisco Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, and New York City Ballet Orchestra. Michael has appeared at renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.

In Summer 2019, Michael performed solo recitals for the American Guild of Organists’ Northeast and North Central regional conventions in Buffalo, NY and Milwaukee, WI. Earlier in the season, he performed solo recitals at Davies Hall (San Francisco), Overture Hall (Madison), and for the NYCAGO Presidents’ Day Conference at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, where he serves as Associate Director of Music and Organist.

In September 2017, Michael received first prize in the First Shanghai Conservatory of Music First International Organ Competition. Released in October 2017, Michael’s premiere solo CD recording Michael T. C. Hey plays the Great Organ of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York is available for purchase by the JAV recording label.

In 2015, Michael was appointed Associate Director of Music and Organist of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, where one of his first major tasks was to perform for the first U.S. visit of Pope Francis. Michael plays at the Cathedral for services throughout the week which are broadcast on Sirius XM radio, television, and online.

Not exclusively a solo organist, Michael enjoys playing piano and collaborating with other artists. He performs duo recitals with violinist Christiana Liberis.

Michael is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he received his B.M. and M.M. degrees in organ performance under Paul Jacobs.

Michael Hey is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.

About Friends of Music

The St. Stephen’s Friends of Music group is dedicated to sharing the gift of beautiful music with the wider community.  This recital series relies heavily on the generous financial support of its Friends of Music to maintain the series, now in its 50th season.  As you are able, please consider supporting the series as a Friend of Music with a tax deductible donation, entitling you to admission to each recital and acknowledgment in the program.  Donors are listed in the following categories:

BENEFACTORS          $200 to $299
PATRONS                   $100 to $199
SPONSORS                $30 to $99

Please make checks payable to St. Stephen’s Church – Friends of Music and mail to: Friends of Music, c/o St. Stephen’s Church, 119 Main Street, Millburn, NJ 07041. Please print your name as it should appear in the program, and include your postal address as a backup.

Thank you for your support!

About the Beckerath Organ

Designed and built for the interior of St. Stephen’s Church by the celebrated German organ builder Rudolf von Beckerath, the 1970 tracker organ takes its primary inspiration from the golden age of 17th and 18th century North German organ building during the time of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Its full mechanical (tracker) key action is faithful to the earlier organs. Electricity is used only to supply the wind pressure to sound the pipes and to change the combinations of stops.

The St. Stephen’s Beckerath organ has proven a delight to play and a revelation to hear with its wonderful clarity of tone. Designed to be heard in this outstanding example of 19th century Gothic revival church architecture, it has become a major cultural resource, drawing an audience from throughout the tri-state area and concert organists from across America and Europe. 

“The classic organ or the baroque organ is no longer possible except through an imitative resturn to the past. But our time is neither classic nor baroque. The vitality of a ndern instrument demands instead the translation of the spirit of past greatness into contemporary forms.” – Rudolf von Beckerath