B I O G R A P H Y
Hailed as "an impeccable performer with compelling musicality and technical command," (The American Organist Magazine) First Prize Winner of the Fort Wayne National Organ Playing Competition, Colin Lynch maintains a busy performance career that has taken him to prominent venues throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, and Argentina. At the invitation of the Cuban government, he traveled to Cuba as a featured performer and lecturer at the Ars Longa Baroque Music Festival. In recent seasons, he has made debuts on Pipedreams on NPR, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, and the Association of Anglican Musicians.
Mr. Lynch serves as Associate Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston, MA. Previously, he has held positions at Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport, CT, Marquand Chapel of the Yale Divinity School, the Episcopal Church at Yale, and was organ scholar at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago. As Director of Chapel Music and School Organist at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, he led the choirs on performance tours to South Africa and Cuba in addition to producing two commercially available recordings.
He is a member of the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda and has been awarded prizes in several competitions including the Fort Wayne Organ Competition, the Augustana Arts/Reuter Organ Competition, the Ottumwa Organ Competition, and the George Markey Memorial Organ Competition. He was awarded the Director’s Prize from Yale's Institute of Sacred Music and was given the honor of playing the only solo recital during the commencement exercises at Oberlin Conservatory. He has premiered works by composers such as Richard Webster, Carol Barnett, Libby Larsen, and Matthew Martin. In 2014, he was a featured performer at the American Guild of Organists National Convention as the organist for the opening worship service.
He has taught for the Young Organists Collaborative and has served on the faculty of the Oberlin Summer Organ Academy, the Eton Choral Course in England, and was director of the New Hampshire “Pipe Organ Encounter,” a program designed to introduce teenagers to the organ.
Mr. Lynch earned an Artist Diploma from Oberlin Conservatory, studying with James David Christie and Olivier Latry. He holds a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance with Thomas Murray at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Douglas Cleveland. His critically acclaimed debut solo album The Organ of Stambaugh Auditorium is available on the Raven Label. He is represented by Concert Artist Cooperative.