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Jehan Alain Centennial Recordings


Works of Jehan Alain (1911-1940) recorded on the organs of the University of Michigan by students of James Kibbie in honor of the centennial of the composer’s birth


Litanies (1937)

"When the Christian soul in its distress no longer finds new words to implore the mercy of God, it repeats the same invocation incessantly with a vehement faith.  Reason has reached its limit.  Faith alone continues upward."

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E.M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Organ, Hill Auditorium

Susan De Kam

Doctoral Candidate in Organ Performance


De KamSusan De Kam completed her undergraduate studies with a major in piano at Hope College and studied organ with Huw Lewis.  In 2004, she earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan where she studied with Robert Glasgow. She continues her studies at the University of Michigan where she is a doctoral candidate in organ performance studying with James Kibbie.  She has performed throughout the United States and Europe and has been a prizewinner in many organ competitions, both nationally and internationally.  In addition, she has been a featured performer at the American Guild of Organists National Convention and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas, Texas.

Now living in Dallas, Texas, she is Artist-in-Residence at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Dallas and also maintains a private piano and organ studio.   She recently finished recording her debut solo CD, produced by Pro Organo, which will be available in the Spring of 2011.  You are invited to visit for more information about upcoming events, live audio samples, and more. 

Alain portrait

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower