After the events of last year we are finally back to our normal routine with each event beginning at 3:00pm (Doors open 2:30pm).
Sunday, August 22, 2021- JUSTIN La Voie Sunday, September 19, 2021- KEN DOUBLE Saturday, October 23, 2021- DAVE WICKERHAM (Bravo Partners Private Event) Sunday, October 24, 2021- DAVE WICKERHAM (CTOS Social and Faye Wheeler Memorial Concert) Sunday, November 14, 2021- JUSTIN STAHL Sunday, December 19, 2021- DAVE CALENDINE
Dave Wickerham was born in Encino, California in 1962. He began playing the electronic organ at the age of four and had his first pipe organ experience at age ten. His musical education started at age seven.
When he moved to Arizona in 1976, he became Associate Organist at the famous Organ Stop Pizza Restaurants in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson. While in Arizona, he continued his musical studies with Roseamond Crowley, one of the few remaining descendants of the Louis Vierne line of organists. He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson on a full scholarship, pursuing classical organ studies for six years with Dr. Roy Johnson. In 1984, Dave moved to the Chicago area to become Staff Organist at Pipes and Pizza in Lansing, Illinois. In addition to his performance there, he concertized frequently, as well as ministering musically and serving at various churches.
August of 1990 found the Wickerham family – Dave, his wife and two young children – moving to Wisconsin, where he was one of the featured Staff Organists at the Piper Music Palace in Greenfield, a position he held for 10 years. In the spring of 2000, Dave ushered in the new millennium with a limited special engagement, as a featured organist at “Roxy’s Pipe Organ Pizzeria,” part of a $26,000,000 expansion phase at the FIESTA Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wickerham’s, Dave, Rhonda, and now three great kids, spent two years there before returning back home to Wisconsin in August of 2001… For the next three years, Dave resumed his position at the Piper Music Palace and was also the Principal Organist at Williams Bay Lutheran Church in Lake Geneva, WI.
He enjoys concertizing frequently to many audiences including various chapters of the American Theatre Organ Society. In April of 1999, he took great pleasure being a feature artist in Melbourne, Australia for the convention of the Theatre Organ Society of Australia for which he received rave reviews. He returned “Down Under” for a six-week concert tour in Australia and New Zealand during the summer of 2003 and 2012, as well as October/November of 2015.
Dave also enjoys recording and has recently “sold out” his fourth CD “Sounds of Music” recorded on the famous 5 Manual, 80 Rank Theatre Organ at the Sanfilippo Residence in Barrington, IL. There are several NEW recording projects that are soon to be completed and released.
After seven years as Organist – Curator with the legendary Milhous Collection in South Florida, Dave and his family currently enjoy living in Upper Michigan in the historic town of Crystal Falls.
Dave and Rhonda have three grown kids, two married with children of their own. So, with three grandchildren and concertizing, there are many opportunities for travel.
Dave is currently the chairman of the American Theatre Organ Society and resides in Detroit Michigan where he is the associate organist for the Detroit Red Wings and organist for the New City Presbyterian Church. WATCH HERE: https://bit.ly/AllenOrgansChicago
The Joliet chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) presented a very intriguing learning conference at the ALLEN Organs of Chicago Showroom on February 23, 2020. The NPM is an organization devoting itself to those who support the value of musical liturgy including choir directors, organists, guitarists, pianists, priests, cantors and pastoral liturgists. The workshop featured Dr. Peter Kurdziel, Musical Director at the Basilica of St. Adalbert & St. James Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to presenting keyboard concepts and techniques for all skill levels, the large afternoon audience was given wonderful insight into what appropriately inspires and leads congregations or groups of various sizes. The examples were performed on the Allen three manual G350 and a very informative experience was had by all. A thank you goes out to all those attending, the NPM Joliet Chapter and Dr. Kurdziel.
Straight from the University of Oklahoma… Luke brought his music to Chicago for a fun Sunday performance on November 3rd. Great to have your talent here in the Windy City. Thanks for the enjoyable show.