Music Staff
  Matthew Dirst
Organist
dirst@central.uh.edu
 

He was closely involved in the commissioning
of the Fritts organ and Phillips harpsichord and
is immensely grateful to serve in a church where music is so highly valued.


The first American to win major international prizes in both organ and harpsichord, Matthew
is also Professor of Music at the Moores School
of Music, University of Houston, where he teaches courses in music history and performance practice, and Artistic Director
of the Grammy-nominated early music ensemble Ars Lyrica Houston.  
 

His degrees include a PhD in musicology
from Stanford University and degrees in
organ and sacred music from the University
of Illinois and Southern Methodist University.
A Fulbright scholar to France, he received
the coveted prix de virtuosité in both organ and harpsichord.

The author of numerous articles on the
music of Bach and its reception, Matthew
is the author of Engaging Bach: The Keyboard Legacy from Marpurg to Mendelssohn
(Cambridge University Press, 2012). 
   
  Organist Matthew Dirst, who joined the St. Philip music staff in 1997, plays the 11 am Sunday service, accompanies the St. Philip Choir, and has served
St. Philip in numerous other capacities over the years, including two periods as interim choirmaster.
 
   

St. Philip is a member of the Presbyterian Church - USA
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