B i o g r a p h y

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.

 

He holds the Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, the Master of Music degree in organ performance and church music from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and the 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."

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.

Stephen Z. Cook, Concert Organist