A featured star in the PBS documentary Pipe Dreams (2019), Alcee Chriss III is an organist and keyboardist from Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Chriss is the winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition and the Firmin Swinnen Silver Medal at the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. He has been celebrated for his “grace, skill and abundant proficiency” by the Journal Assist News, Albuquerque. And of his most recent solo recording at Montreal Symphony Hall, Art et Rhapsodie (2019), the American Record Guide wrote that “he plays with clarity, imagination, musicality, virtuosity, and yes, personality.”

Dr. Chriss has performed throughout North America and Europe. Recent and upcoming performances include the International Orgelsommer (Stuttgart, Germany), Stockholm City Hall (Sweden), and as soloist with the Montreal Symphony in a performance of Copland’s Symphony for Organ and Orchestra. Other engagements include the Princeton University Chapel, Spreckels Organ Pavilion and International Organ Summer Karlsruhe, Germany. In July 2022 he was a featured performer at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists, held in Seattle WA.

In July 2019, Dr. Chriss was appointed as University Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Wesleyan University, where he teaches courses in organ and keyboard skills. Dr. Chriss is active as a church musician, guest lecturer, and remains engaged with his lifelong love of gospel and jazz music. He is currently Assistant Organist at Trinity Church Wall Street, New York City, and serves on the editorial board of Vox Humana magazine.

Dr. Chriss will manifest his technical feats at the four-manual, 106-rank Reuter organ at Shadyside Presbyterian Church.

BBQ Lunch at 1:30pm featuring food by Rowdy BBQ. Smoked Brisket, Pulled Pork, Mac and Cheese, Brentwood Beans, Coleslaw Cornbread, and Desserts!

Presented in cooperation with Shadyside Presbyterian Church Music in a Great Space.

Tickets available at the door (cash, check, or card).
General admission $20.
Student free with valid ID.

Shadyside Presbyterian Church
5121 Westminster Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15241

Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
Johann Sebastian Bach
Six Canonic Studies, Op. 56
  • No. 4 in A Flat
Robert Schumann
Symphony in D Minor, M. 48
  • II. Allegretto
César Franck
Comes Autumn Time
Leo Sowerby
Improvisation on "We Shall Overcome"
Carl Haywood
(b. 1949)
Retrospection: In Quiet Mood
Florence Price
Sugar Cane
Scott Joplin
Somewhere over the Rainbow
Harold Arlen
arr. Chriss/Peterson
Improvisation on "Lift Every Voice and Sing"


45th Season : 2023-2024
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Saint Paul Cathedral
Thomas Ospital Fri Oct 27, 2023 7:30pm
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Thomas Gaynor Mon Nov 27, 2023 7:30pm
Calvary Episcopal Church
Alcée Chriss III Sun Feb 25, 2024 3pm
Shadyside Presbyterian Church

Anna Lapwood Fri Apr 12, 2024 7:30pm
Saint Bernard Roman Catholic Church