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15 year-old Samuel Gaskin will perform a mini-recital at Saint Paul United Methodist Church for the Region VI AGO Convention in June 2007.

Samuel Gaskin Samuel Gaskin, 15, is organist for St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, his hometown church in Beaumont, Texas. Samuel began studying piano at age three and organ at age eight. At age 10 Samuel was the youngest student awarded the endowed A.W. Yeats Memorial Organ Scholarship for pipe organ study by First United Methodist Church of Beaumont. He is a current recipient of the Dallas AGO Chapter Scholarship.

In February 2007, Samuel was awarded first prize at the French Organ Music Seminar/Langlais Competition in New York City. In September 2006 at age 14, Samuel became the youngest to be awarded first prize in the high school division of the Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition in Connecticut. In April 2006, Samuel also won first prize in a national organ competition held at the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel at Oklahoma City University. In addition to performing in recital in three Texas cities in the spring of 2006, Samuel also performed with the Boston Brass on the Lied Schoenstein Chancel Organ at First-Plymouth Congregational Church for the Meadowlark Music Festival in Lincoln. In July 2006, Samuel enjoyed the privilege of a week’s study with Paul Jacobs as part of the Philadelphia POE.

In the summer of 2005, Samuel traveled under scholarship to Paris to play some of the world’s finest organs and to meet many noted French concert organists. While there he performed in recital at St. Roch and was also awarded the privilege of playing the organs at the Cathedral of Notre Dame and St. Sulpice.

Samuel’s teachers are Christina Harmon of Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas and Jerome Wells of St. Marks Episcopal, Beaumont.
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