Weidner, Raymond

Raymond Weidner was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Lancaster County, PA. He began piano lessons at the age of six and organ at fourteen, studying under David Ulrich of Philadelphia. At sixteen, he performed on the famous Wanamaker organ in Philadelphia, and during his high school years, he studied with Reginald Lunt in Lancaster, having won the chapter’s Young Artist’s Competition in 1969. He is a graduate of Westminster Choir College where he studied with George Markey and Donald MacDonald. He earned a master’s degree from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State. He has served churches in Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He developed professional community choruses in Michigan (Grand Rapids Chamber Choir) and Oklahoma (Ars Nova Ensemble), produced a weekly radio program of choral music over KCMA-FM (OK), was conductor of the Jackson Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra Society (MS), and is the author of two books. He has taught at Lynchburg College and Sweet Briar College.

As a composer, his choral and organ works are found in the catalogues of Emerson Music, MorningStar Music, Paraclete Press, St. James Press, Wayne Leupold Editions, and Zimbel Press. In 2011 he was a winner of two AGO national competitions sponsored by the Lexington, KY and Greensboro, NC chapters. His works have been featured on NPR (Theme and Variations), recorded on the Raven CD label, performed under the auspices of the Church Music Institute (Dallas, TX), and at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. He is currently director of music at First Presbyterian Church, Lynchburg.

Organ music by Raymond Weidner