Sigurd Melvær Øgaar

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Biography

Sigurd Melvær Øgaard was born in Bergen in 1978 and began studying the organ at age ten. In 1996, he attended the International Summer Academy for Organists in Haarlem, The Netherlands, where he studied with Piet Kee. From 1997-2002, Øgaard was an organ performance major at the Grieg Academy in Bergen. As part of his undergraduate work, he spent a semester at the Birmingham Conservatoire in England, while also working as organ scholar at St. Mary’s Collegiate Church in Warwick. In 2002, Øgaard moved to the USA to work as Organist and Assistant Director of Music at First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, Texas. During his time there, he completed a Master’s Degree and a DMA in choral conducting at Texas Tech University. After relocating to Houston in 2011, he worked first as organist at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church until 2014, then as Cathedral Organist at Christ Church Cathedral. From 2012 until 2015, he was Organist and Accompanist for Bach Society Houston, as well as instructor of improvisation at the University of Houston. Since September 2015 Øgaard has been Cathedral Organist at Bergen Cathedral in Norway. He has performed extensively in Europe and the USA. Performance venues have included St. Bavo Church, Haarlem (the Netherlands); St. Paul’s, Westminster, and Coventry Cathedrals (England); and Washington National Cathedral (USA).