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Frederick Grimes (Choral Conductor, Organ)

Born: 1942 (?) - Hillsboro, Texas, USA

The American organist and choral conductor, Frederick Grimes, began his career as a church organist in Hillsboro, Texas at the age of 12. He studied with Everett Hilty at the University of Colorado; with Paul Lindsley Thomas in Dallas, Texas; and with Dr. Michael Schneider at the Hochschule fur Musik, Berlin, Germany, where he also studied harpsichord and Baroque ornamentation with Professor Silvia Kind and organ building at the factory of Karl Schuke. He is a 1964 graduate of Baylor University, where he studied under Dr. Robert Markham, and where he also a member of the organ faculty.

Frederick Grimes served as Director of Music and Organist at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City for 22 years (1970-1992). In this post he was responsible for leading one of the most unique and well-known church music programs in America. Each year from late October until Easter Day, The Holy Trinity Bach Choir and Orchestra presented a Bach cantata every Sunday afternoon during the Lutheran Vesper Service to standing room only crowds.

Frederick Grimes is also in great demand as an organ recitalist, conductor, workshop leader, and organ consultant across the country. He was the featured organist at the Spoleto Festival of the Two Worlds in Charleston, South Carolina, and has been heard in recital in such well-known places as the National Cathedral in Washington, Saint Thomas Church, New York City, The Cadet Chapel, West Point, and in 1980 played six all Bach recitals at Holy Trinity in celebration of his 10th anniversary there. In 1981 he completed two terms as the Dean of the New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Since 1996 (or earlier) he serves as Organist and Choirmaster at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, Texas. In December 2008 he conducted as a guest J.S. Bach’s Magnificat (BWV 243) at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Forth Worth, Texas.

Source: Baylor University Website (January 1996); NY Times Website (November 1981); Liner notes to the LP “Bach: Organ Music” (Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1981); Bits & pieces from various websites
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2008, June 2010); Tobin Schmuck (October 2010)

Frederick Grimes: Short Biography | The Holy Trinity Bach Choir & Orchestra | Recordings of Vocal Works | Recordings of Instrumental Works | Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity: Bach Cantata Series

Links to other Sites

Frederick Grimes to Give Organ Concert (Baylor University) [Jan 1996]

Organ: Grimes Plays Bach (NY Times)

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