"The sterling American artist Stewart Wayne Foster. I have never heard Foster play poorly, and his concert for the {national AGO] convention was another example of superb results made possible by his carefully calibrated articulation always employed in service to the musical line."(The Diapason)

"Prizewinning style made the most of melody and harmony on the various ranks of pipes-as well as some elaborate ornamentation." (with the Toledo Symphony,Toledo Blade, OH)

"A master of engaging repertoire and programming....His playing was confident and commanding." The American Organist)


"You can play the organ differently, but you can't play it any better than Stewart Wayne Foster" (The Dallas Morning News, Scott Cantrell)


"Stewart Wayne Foster played wonderfully...
We had a large, responsive audience...He will have a great career, no doubt." (Richard Cummins, Greene Memorial Church, Roanoke, Virginia)

"Player of rock-solid technique and a big interpretive personality.....Foster managed to make even the composer's third-rate Sonata pretty exciting."
(The Dallas Morning News)

"An outstanding organ recital by one of America's finest young organists...amazing young artist....showed Mr. Foster's fine mastery of the French Baroque style...The technical demands upon the performer in each of these pieces are tremendous, but Mr. Foster communicated only the beauty of the compositions through his flawless performance." (The West Florida Organist, Dr. Lynne A. Lauderdale)

"Exactly what was needed to enchant the large audience...The result was spectacular, and was greeted with whole-hearted, warm, and emphatic applause. Foster's performance, poised and masterful, permitted the instrument to speak with wonderful liveliness...An hour with all the charm one could have wanted." (L'Echo Republicain, France)

"His program was well chosen and his performance nothing short of stellar! He is an unassuming and unpretentious artist who sits down at the organ and literally sets the room alive with music. His playing was incredibly clean and full of style and flare. From the nuances of the quiet segments to the fireworks of the evening, his musicianship truly showcased the music rather than just the artist. It was readily apparent to everyone present that he was more than worthy of the Dallas prize." (Gary E. Lewis, Bethel Lutheran Church, Madison, Wisconsin)

"His playing was inspired...His Bach was immaculately articulated, delicately registered and lovingly ornamented. His oral notes were informative and really helped to develop a relationship with the audience." (Robert Behrman, Lafayette Park United Methodist Church, St. Louis, Missouri)

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S. Wayne Foster

concert organist


S. Wayne Foster is the Organist-in-Residence at the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles, California, where he presides over one of the world’s largest pipe organs. As part of this prestigious position, Mr. Foster performs weekly recitals and helps coordinate the Annual Organ Recital Series. His performances have been praised by critics worldwide. According to a review by The Dallas Morning News of one of his most recent concerts, “You can play the organ differently, but you can’t play it any better than Stewart Wayne Foster . . . [He played] with technical finesse second to none and an Apollonian elegance of expression.”

Mr. Foster is a native of Florida where he studied organ as an undergraduate at Stetson University. He went on to receive his Master’s degree in the harpsichord and early music from the University of North Texas and, in organ, his Diplôme de Concertiste from the École Normale de Musique in Paris, where he lived for five years. While there, he was staff continuo player with L’Orchestre de St. Louis-en-l’Ile, and accompanist for the Paris Choral Society, in addition to serving as assistant organist at the American Cathedral in Paris. His many awards include the Gold Medal and Audience Prize at the 1997 Dallas International Organ Competition; First Prize at the William Hall Organ Competition; First Prize at the École Normale de Musique; and First Prize at the American Guild of Organists’ Regional Competition.

Known for his vast and eclectic repertoire, Mr. Foster has performed as soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Augusta Symphony, and the Charleston Symphony, and has accompanied numerous fine choral groups and vocalists throughout his career. He has released one CD recording of French Symphonic organ works on the Towerhill label. He recently released a new CD on the historic Huguenot Church organ in Charleston, South Carolina. He has been interviewed several times on NPR’s Pipedreams. He co-produced a new DVD documentary on the world’s largest church pipe organ at First Congregational Church in Los Angeles. Mr. Foster has provided organ music for the film “Marie Antionette” (2006) and for the television show “Ugly Betty.” Recent performances include the Washington National Cathedral, the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, and, in 2008, a solo recital for the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.

 


"Excellent, with just the right sweep and registration...well paced and interpreted with understanding...overall, this is a commendable recording."
(American Record Guide)

 

“Rousing climax delighted the capacity audience…[Foster] did not disappoint.”  (Los Angeles Times 2010)