34th Organists of Iowa Concert

34th Organists of Iowa Concert

Oct 8, 2022 - 1:30 PM
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“34th Organists of Iowa” concert - Dr. Charles Barland, guest organist (University of Dubuque) sponsored by the Sukup Manufacturing Co. of Sheffield, Iowa.


Charles Barland was appointed director of the University of Dubuque Choir in 2002 and served as director until 2018. Currently he is Professor of Music and University Organist at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa.

A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Charles Barland earned the Bachelor of Arts degree at Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisconsin, the Master of Arts degree at the University of Iowa, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas.

He is a two-time winner of the Faculty of the Year Award from the University of Dubuque as well the recipient of the John Knox Coit Prize for excellence in teaching and advising, the highest award given to faculty by the University of Dubuque.

As an organist, he has performed throughout the United States and in Germany, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England including performances in Armagh, Glasgow, London, Munich, Boston, Orlando, Chicago, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and Honolulu.

Joining colleague Professor Alan Garfield, he has helped lead students from the University of Dubuque on study trips to England, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Greece, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Scotland, The Netherlands, and Spain.

In addition to his duties at the University of Dubuque, he is Director of Music for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Organist and Choir Director at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and a member of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Board, serving on the artistic advisory committee and the education committee. An active member of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society, he is the Dean of the River Valley Chapter of the AGO and a past officer of the Topeka and Dubuque Chapters of the AGO. He has two adult sons and a grandson.

Also, you are invited at 3:30pm to Dr. Charles Barland’s "Workshop on Hymnody and Chorale Preludes" at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2338 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA sponsored by the Central Iowa American Guild of Organists (CIAGO). 

Photo of Dr. Charles Barland playing organ