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Roger W. Sherman is the Associate Organist Emeritus of St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, and Artistic Director, Emeritus of the Orcas Choral Society. He has also served as Executive Director of the Westfield Center, an early music organization devoted to historic keyboard instruments. For more than 25 years he is also been host and producer 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. In addition to the recordings listed below, he has made recordings with Fred Sautter (principal Trumpet for the Oregon Symphony), the Imperial Brass, and the Dale Warland Singers.

Mr. Sherman is also the owner of The Gothic Catalog. (Contact: [email protected])
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Annotated Compline - Roger Sherman - Peter Hallock Advent Procession 'O' Antiphons - St Marks Cathedral Choirs - Peter Hallock - J. Melvin Butler Thomsen Chapel Organ Recitals - J. Melvin Butler - Roger Sherman
Annotated Compline
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Advent Procession 'O' Antiphons/St Mark's Cathedral, Seattle
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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. The famous Advent Sunday service at St Mark's Cathedral consists of seven lessons and carols done in procession. Each is lesson/carol set is based on one of the "O" Antiphons," seven ancient Advent verses that each begin with the word "O". These antiphons later became the basis of the hymn "O Come, O Come Emmanuel".


Mel Butler, director of Saint Mark's Cathedal Choir
Peter Hallock, director of The Compline Choir
Roger W. Sherman and Mel Butler, organists
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 Bach: Under the Influence Famous and Infamous Music for Trumpet and Organ / Sautter, Sherman
Bach: Under the influence / Sherman
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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. In this recital, Roger Sherman traces influences on Bach---and Bach influencing others. The first in a series of recordings celebrating 50 years of the Flentrop organ at Saint Mark's Cathedral (Seattle)! "The playing is fine, the Flentrop organ is grand, and the recording is clear, yet spacious. All in all, a delightful CD." - The Tracker The third in a series celebrating 50 years of the Flentrop organ at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Seattle! Trumpeter Fred Sautter and organist Roger Sherman team up to play both famous and infamous works for trumpet and organ. "The Prince of Denmark", Purcell Trumpet Voluntary and the theme from Masterpiece Theatre are all here, along with famous solo works for organ: Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, the "Little" G minor Fugue, and Franck's Chorale in E major. Also included is William Albright's "Jericho: Battle Music"---a dramatic work for trumpet and organ which is infamous for the virtuosity required of both players.
Recital at Christ Church, Tacoma - Sherman Sherman: Here and Elsewhere Bach: From Luneburg to Weimar / Roger 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 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, C.P.E. Bach, and J.S. Bach himself. Christ Church is a concrete building with generous acoustics, and one of the best settings ever for a Brombaugh organ.
A collection of performances from live recitals "here and elsewhere" by Roger W. Sherman. Three organs are featured: the Flentrop at Saint Mark's Cathedral (Seattle), the Fritts organ at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma) and the 1750 Nacchini organ at San Giorgio Maggiore (Venice, Italy).
Part a series of concert recordings celebrating 50 years of the Flentrop organ at Saint Mark's Cathedral (Seattle). This concert explores works from Bach's earliest days through the end of his time in Weimar. Major works on this program include the Chorale Partita: "O Gott, du frommer Gott", The "Gigue" G major Fugue, the Prelude and Fugue in F minor (BWV 534), and the Prelude and Fugue in A minor (BWV 543).

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Bach at Saint Mark's  / Roger Sherman Sermons from an Island: Christian Mythology and the Liturgical Year
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Part a series of concert recordings celebrating 50 years of the Flentrop organ at Saint Mark's Cathedral (Seattle). Major works on this program include the Prelude and Fugue in C minor ("Arnstadt"), Toccata and Fugue in D minor ("Dorian"), Fantasie and Fugue in G minor (BWV 542), Fugue on the Magnificat and three large "Leipzig" chorales.
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The Liturgical Year is a subjective, highly selective lineup of stories and that function like myths — and they are distinct from the literal record of in the Bible. This selection of twelve sermons by Roger W. Sherman, Director of Liturgy and Music at Grace Episcopal Church, Lopez Island, WA., provides imaginative interpretations of these myths in the context of the liturgical year.