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About the Event
The American Guild of Organists, Charlotte Chapter: Summer Recital Series, featuring:
Mark W. Johanson
Mark W. Johanson serves as a minister of music at Christ Lutheran Church, Providence campus, Charlotte, NC, where he helps lead worship in both the traditional and contemporary services, directs the Luther Ringers handbell ensemble, and works with others in the Worship, Music, & Tech team to produce online worship services.
Previously, from 2011 to 2019, Mr. Johanson served as minister of music at Ascension Lutheran Church in Charlotte, where he led two separate chancel and sanctuary, and then narthex, renovation projects; included in the sanctuary project were console upgrades to Ascension’s Zimmer organ, which were performed by Parkey OrganBuilders.
A graduate of Valparaiso University with a bachelor’s in music education, Mark focused primarily on piano and also studied organ with Dr. Lorraine Brugh on the Schlicker/Dobson in the magnificent Chapel of the Resurrection, a Northwest Indiana landmark.
Mark credits his father, also an organist, with inspiring his passion and interest in organ studies. When he was a child, his father built a custom pipe organ in their California home, a memorable and formative project which helped Mark appreciate the complexities of the instrument, as well as the art of woodworking as it relates to organ construction. Incidentally, this instrument was moved out of his parents’ home when they relocated to Charlotte and it now serves St. John the Divine Episcopal, Morgan Hill, CA.
Mark currently serves as the Dean of the Charlotte Chapter AGO. He is also a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, in which he recently spearheaded an online video series focusing on worship excellence during the Covid pandemic.
Mark lives in Charlotte with his wife Elizabeth Marquardt and their daughter Lydia.Zach Bowyer
Zach Bowyer, a native of Roanoke, VA, currently serves as Director of Music and Organist at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte. At South Mecklenburg, Zach leads an all-encompassing music program of five vocal choirs and three handbell choirs while also playing organ and piano for all worship services. Zach is a 2018 graduate of Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music, where he studied organ with Dr. Joby Bell and earned two degrees (summa cum laude) in Sacred Music and Organ Performance. Many opportunities and accomplishments have come in Zach’s time performing on the organ, including masterclasses with world-renowned organists and performances at nationally-known festivals. While studying at the Hayes School of Music, Zach was awarded many scholarships based on talent and academics. He was also awarded the Biggs Fellowship from the Organ Historical Society and was elected to serve as Treasurer and President of ASU’s Student Chapter of the College Music Society. Zach is involved in many organizations, including the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the College Music Society, the National Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the American Choral Directors Association. Zach currently serves on the AGO National Committee of Membership Development and Chapter Support as the Sub-Dean of the Charlotte Chapter of the AGO where he develops programming for one of the largest AGO chapters in the country.
Zach loves socializing with any group of people, especially those he serves and directs in the music ministry. He also enjoys cooking, photography, and an occasional day in nature, either spent resting in his hammock or taking a hike with his ten-year-old terrier, Winston.