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Trapp, Lynn

Dr. Lynn Trapp holds a distinguished career as concert organist, pianist, conductor and composer, and has gained a national and international reputation for his work. He is widely respected for his many concert appearances, publications, awards, and clinician work.

Lynn is an active recitalist and has performed for churches, cathedrals, colleges and universities in many major cities of the U.S and Europe including regional and national conventions of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and the American Guild of Organists. As recording artist he is heard as organ and piano soloist on a number of cd recordings and has been featured on the nationally broadcast radio program Pipedreams.

A lengthy list of career accomplishments includes serving as co-conductor and organist of the 700 member choir for the internationally televised Papal Mass of World Youth Day with Pope John Paul II in Denver, CO; serving as composer in residence at the New York City Liturgical School of Music and St. Louis Cathedral, St. Louis, MO; Founder and Artistic Director of Cracovia Cantat, an international choral festival in Krakow, Poland.

For several years he directed music for the national liturgy conference at the University of Notre Dame. He was founder of annual church music conferences in Lawrence, KS and Cheyenne, WY, and for seven years served as co-director of the Conference on Music, Liturgy and the Arts at St. John's University, Collegeville, MN. He has served as instructor at North Central University in Minneapolis, and organ faculty for Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN in conjunction with St. Olaf College. He serves as faculty for the national program Music Ministry Alive at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN. In 2012 he founded an annual Conference on Worship, Music and Homiletics at St. Olaf Church in downtown Minneapolis, as well as a university-level internship in music and liturgy.

Trapp has conducted choirs featured at conventions of AGO, ACDA, and NPM. He has directed many choral pilgrimages, performances and familiarization tours for directors in Italy (including Papal Mass at the Vatican) Holy Land, France, Germany, Austria, Ireland, England, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey and Greece under the auspices of Peter’s Way Tours, New York. In 2007, he premiered as conductor at Carnegie Hall, NYC, conducting the New England Symphonic Ensemble and chorus in Te Deum by Otto Olsson.

His keyboard and choral music is published by Oxford Univ. Press, World Library Publications, GIA Publications, Morning Star Music Publishers, Concordia, Selah Publishing Co. and Oregon Catholic Press. He has co-authored the book In Harmony With God; Choral Preparation and Prayer published by Liturgical Press. His commissions have been premiered in many prestigious places including the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC and by professional ensembles such as the Kansas City Chorale.

As a student he was the recipient of many academic awards including the National Presser Scholarship and the outstanding student award of Pi Kappa Lambda honor society by unanimous vote of the faculty. He won first place in the national organ playing competitions in Iowa, Indiana and Missouri. He is the recipient of the Spirit and Truth Award from the Center for Pastoral Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame recognizing his outstanding work in music and liturgy. In 2003, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Perryville High School, his alma mater, and served as commencement speaker.

He received the BMus degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he studied organ with Marianne Webb, then spent a semester of private study with Catharine Crozier in CA. Awarded a full scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, he studied organ with Craig Cramer and earned the MMus/Liturgy degree, then began doctoral work at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY with the late Russell Saunders. Lynn completed the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Kansas where he studied organ with James Higdon and Michael Bauer. He presented his doctoral project, The Legacy of André Marchal in recital and lecture at St.-Germain des Pres in Paris, France.

From 1996-2015, Dr. Trapp served as Director of Worship & Music at St. Olaf Church in downtown Minneapolis where he directed an extensive liturgical program including concert series, radio and television broadcasts. In 2001 he directed the installation of the new 67 rank Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Church. In 2015, he joined the staff of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baltimore, Maryland as Director of Liturgy and Music, where Msgr. Richard Hilgartner, president of NPM , serves as pastor.

Dr. Trapp has served the Board of Directors for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and as chapter director of Twin Cities Chapter of NPM. In 2011 his archives were established in perpetuity at the Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame. Lynn Trapp is a native of Missouri, and is married to Karen Rene Trapp. They reside in Baltimore.

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