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Roger W. Sherman is the Associate Organist of the St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, and Executive Director of the Westfield Center, an early music organization devoted to historic keyboard instruments.  He is  also host of the popular Organ Loft radio program, broadcast in Seattle and Eugene. A native of Seattle, Mr. Sherman attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where studied with Arthur Poister, Fenner Douglass, and William Porter.  He was Director of Music for St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Milwaukee from 1974-1979, and taught organ and harpsichord at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.  During his tenure in Milwaukee, he was a popular harpsichord soloist with many groups, especially the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra.  He is the composer of five published works for choir, and has made recordings with Fred Sautter (principal Trumpet for the Oregon Symphony), the Imperial Brass, and the Dale Warland Singers. 
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Recital at Christ Church, Tacoma - Sherman
Recital at Christ Church, Tacoma/Sherman
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"The organ is magnificent, featuring generous scaling resulting in broad and powerful principal stops and singing flutes. The marriage of performer, organ, room, and repertoire is triumphant." - The Living Church

This recording documents a recital given in February of 1996 on the Brombaugh organ of Christ Church Parish, Tacoma, Washington. The program features works by composers known to Bach, including Brunckhorst, J. Praetorius, Pachelbel, Buxtehude, CPE Bach, and JS Bach himself. Christ Church is a concrete building with generous acoustics, and one of the best settings ever for a Brombaugh organ.
Annotated Compline - Roger Sherman - Peter Hallock
Annotated Compline
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This edition of the Organ Loft radio program with host Roger Sherman was first aired in January, 1995. It includes excerpts from The Compline Choir's CD, "Feathers of Green Gold" (CD 7003) with an annotated version of the Compline service, and an interview with Peter Hallock about the history of the Compline service at St. Mark's.

Since its founding in 1954, the all-male Compline Choir has sung the medieval Office of Compline in a dark Cathedral on Sunday nights. The success of this service and its appeal to young people has sparked a worldwide revival of interest in Compline.

Thomsen Chapel Organ Recitals - J. Melvin Butler - Roger Sherman
The Thomsen Chapel Organ Inaugural Recitals (St Mark's Cathedral, Seattle)/Butler & Sherman
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This recording documents the inaugural recitals given on the new Paul Fritts organ of Thomsen Chapel at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle in 2003. Based on north European practices of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, this beautiful organ has singing principals, piquant reeds, and luscious flutes. In addition there are a set of strings which give this organ a wide range of sonic possibilities not usually expected in a small, Baroque-style instrument. The program contains repertoire well-suited to a chapel organ, and includes the first recording of Toon Hagen's partita on 'Vater Unser im Himmelreich.' Features St. Mark's Cathedral organist and choirmaster J. Melvin Butler and associate organist Roger Sherman.
How Bright appears the Morning Star - St. Mark's Cathedral - J. Melvin Butler
How Brightly Shines the Morning Star/St. Mark's Cathedral (Seattle) Choir/Mel Butler
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The chorale “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern” (“How brightly shines the Morning Star”) is presented on this CD in a wide variety of musical styles, along with other hymns, anthems and voluntaries for the season of Epiphany. J. Melvin Butler directs the cathedral choir in this program of familiar–and unusual–works.
   
 
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