Randall Harlow

Visiting Professor - Organ
D.M.A. - Eastman School of Music
M.M. - Emory University
B.M. and Performer Diploma - Indiana University

Office: RSL 77
Phone: (319) 273-6326
Email: randall.harlow@uni.edu


As a performer-scholar Randall Harlow's interests range from empirical performance research to the Inuit organ tradition, organ transcription repertoire and the 21st-century avant-garde. His presentations at conferences at Harvard and Cornell Universities, the Westfield Center, Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Göteborg International Organ Academy (GOArt), and Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative Festival span topics in empirical keyboard psychohaptics research and Hyperorgan design, while his doctoral thesis focused on recent experimental organ design, with a prospectus for new design dimensions relevant to 21st Century compositional aesthetics. Next summer he will present both a workshop and a research paper at the biannual national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Boston.  Past research projects include the first comprehensive documentation and study of the pipe organ culture of Greenland. In 2008 the Eastman School of Music awarded him the annual Presser Music Award for "demonstrating excellence and outstanding promise for a distinguished career in the field of music." 

Dr. Harlow maintains an intense focus on contemporary music and currently serves on the national Committee for New Music Competitions and Commissions of the American Guild of Organists. His numerous World and North American premieres include compositions by Stephen Ingham, John Anthony Lennon, Ron Nagorcka, Sven-David Sandström, Kaikhosru Sorabji, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, among others. Also an avid performer with orchestra, Dr. Harlow has performed concertos by Lou Harrison, Chen Yi and the North American premieres of organ concertos by Petr Eben, Tilo Medek, and Giles Swayne. He is also a leading pioneer in promoting electroacoustic composition for the organ, including premieres of works for organ with live-electronics by Steve Everett, René Uijlenhoet, Steven Rice, and Taylan Cihan. In 2012 he premiered new works by faculty and students in concerts at the Eastman School of Music and Cornell University and performed in improvisation with the Cornell Avant Garde Ensemble (CAGE). Exercising another interest, this year Dr. Harlow will record his own organ transcription of Franz Liszt's complete Études d'exécution transcendante, becoming the first person ever to perform these legendary works on the organ.

Dr. Harlow holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in addition to graduate and undergraduate degrees from Indiana and Emory Universities. His principal teachers have included Hans Davidsson, Timothy Albrecht, Christopher Young, and William Porter in improvisation. Additional studies include summer organ academies in Canada, Sweden, and England, while international performances have taken him to England, Russia, and Greenland.  He has recently served on the faculties of Nazareth College and Cornell University and is currently Visiting Professor of Organ and Music Theory at the University of Northern Iowa.  Randall Harlow is represented by Crimson Concert Artists and can be heard on American Public Media's nationally syndicated radio show, Pipedreams.