ExpressionsRoger Nyquist, Organist
"Nyquist is a stimulating artist, full of alertness, flexibility and imagination" (Fanfare Magazine). "Nyquist's playing is clean, exciting, and aesthetically satisfying the whole production makes a fine aesthetic whole" (John Ogasapian in The American Organist).
The remarkable legacy of renowned pedagogue and performer Arthur Poister lives on through the brilliant playing of his pupil Roger Nyquist. An international organ virtuoso, recording artist, and master teacher, Nyquist is in continual demand. Technical mastery, rhythmic energy, faithfulness to score, absolutely clean playing (with every note audible) and power of musical expression are the hallmarks of every Nyquist performance.
A native of Rockford, Illinois, Nyquist studied piano with Leola Arnold and organ with Allen Elmquist. He earned the Bachelor of Music Degree cum laude from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, studying with Phillip MacDermott. Nyquist holds the Master of Music Degree from Syracuse University where he studied with Arthur Poister, and he received the Doctor of Music Degree from Indiana University as a pupil of Oswald Ragatz. He has also studied with Andrč Marchal and Catharine Crozier.
Among several honors, Dr. Nyquist is listed in International Who's Who in Music, Outstanding Educators of America, and in American Keyboard Artists. He was awarded the Outstanding Teacher of the Year at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1967 and also at Santa Clara University in 1973. In June 1984 Dr. Nyquist received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Alumni Association of Augustana College.
Dr. Nyquist has been on the faculty of Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and from 1968-1992 was Professor of Music and University Organist at Santa Clara University where he was Music Department Chairman from 1969-1978. Now residing in Sacramento, Nyquist devotes full time to his concert career, private organ teaching, recording, composition and the completion of his book concerning artistic organ playing.
- Selections Recorded:
- Toccata in F, S. 540 - J. S. Bach
- Two Chorale Preludes:- J. S. Bach
Schmiicke dich, o liebe Seele, S. 654
Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, S. 639
- Concerto in A minor Vivaldi - J. S. Bach
- Modale Suite, OP. 43 - Flor Peeters
- Adagio - Roger Nyquist
- March in F, Op. 46, No. 5 - Alexandre Guilmant
- Melody in G, Op. 46, No. 4 - Alexandre Guilmant
- Variations sur un Noîl, Op. 20 - Marcel Duprè
Variation I Larghetto
Variation II Poco animato
Variation III Cantabile:
Canon at the Octave
Variation IV Vif
Variation V Vivace
Variation VI Plus modèrè:
Canon at the Fourth and Fifth
Variation VII Vivace
Variation VIII Cantabile:
Canon at the Second
Variation IX Animè
Variation X Non troppo vivace:
Fugato; Toccata: Presto