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Stephen Z. Cook is an American organist and professional accompanist. As a concert organist, he has performed throughout the United States and several times in Paris, France, including twice at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. He also enjoys playing silent movies of the 1920s era from the short comedies of Buster Keaton to the sobering dramas of Cecil B. DeMille. As a professional accompanist, he has performed with singers and conductors alike, from beginners to Grammy winners in concerts and festivals to critical acclaim.
Cook, a long-standing member and Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, is a leader among his peers. He has served the guild as a chapter dean, competition adjudicator, workshop presenter, convention registrar, and contributing author for "The American Organist" magazine with articles on the subject of improvisation.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, a Master of Music degree in organ performance and church music from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. For his doctoral dissertation he translated into English Jean Saint-Arroman's encyclopedic, "L'interprétation de la musique française: 1661-1789. Vol. 1."