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Bach and the Art of Improvisation | Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra

Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra is an accomplished and acclaimed Organist & Historic Keyboardist, Liturgical Musician, Composer, Pedagogue, Improviser, Conductor.

She holds degrees in organ performance and pedagogy, choral music education, and emphases in music theory, sacred music, and conducting at Dordt College (BA) and the University of Iowa (MFA, DMA). From 1996–2002, Dr. Ruiter-Feenstra served as Senior Researcher at the Göteborg Organ Art Center in Sweden. As Professor of Music at Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas (1989–1996) and Eastern Michigan University (1996–2008), Ruiter-Feenstra taught organ, harpsichord, theory, improvisation, sacred music, and directed the Collegium Musicum.

A founding member of Voci dell’Anima, she conducts and collaborates choral and chamber ensembles. She is one of a select prestigious group of Fleur de Son Classics artists, where her “Bach’s Teacher Böhm and Improvisation and Froberger on the 1658 De Zentis Harpsichord” CDs are available. Her Bach and Improvisation and Tunder Organ Works are available on the Loft-Gothic label.

She has launched many creative projects, such as liturgical and improvisation events, books (Bach and the Art of Improvisation Vol 1 & 2, Muse in Peace, Muse at School, Muse for the Soul, Muse at Work, and Improvisation Endeavors), articles, compositions, and CDs in love.”

We talk about Johann Sebastian Bach, classical improvisation, figured bass, improvising fugues, Italian partimento, the great organists in history, her 2 volume series “Bach and the Art of Improvisation”, her acclaimed organ and harpsichord recordings and much, much more!

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