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Geoff Wilcken

Geoff Wilcken

Geoff Wilcken

Geoff Wilcken was born in Springfield, Minnesota. He has studied composition since 1982 under Drs. Jeffrey Prater and Gary White, both of Iowa State University.

After the publication of his anthem “Lord Jesus Lay” by Augsburg Publishing House in 1984, he went on to win the Music Teachers’ National Association composition contest in 1985 and again in 1986. He began serving as organist at St. Paul Lutheran in Ames, Iowa in 1988.

He completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Iowa State University in composition (1995) while studying under Dr. Prater, and his Master of Music degree in choral conducting under Simon Carrington at the University of Kansas (1998), touring southern England with the KU chamber singers in 1997.

In addition to serving as accompanist and singing for the Kansas City Fine Arts Chorale and the Lawrence Civic Choir, he serves currently as adjunct assistant professor at Johnson County Community College, where he teaches music history, music theory, and composition, while also assisting with musical ensembles, and also as director of music at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lawrence, where he conducts choirs, hand bells, and serves as organist and pianist.

Mr. Wilcken’s output as a composer and arranger includes much choral music for the church and for the concert hall, pieces for various instrumental chamber ensembles, larger works for orchestra and band, and a growing collection of vocal jazz arrangements.

His works have been featured and commissioned by Iowa State University, the Ames Area Youth Orchestra, the University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, the Jacomo Chorale, the Kansas City Fine Arts Chorale, the Ames Piano Quartet, and the Lawrence Civic Choir. Mr. Wilcken’s works have also been featured at various churches, including Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS, which has commissioned several sets of carol arrangements for choir and orchestra since December of 2005, and the Lawrence Civic Choir, which commissioned his “Phoenix of the Plains” for the sesquicentennial celebrations of Lawrence, Kansas, as well as touring ensembles across the United States, to Germany and to England.

He currently resides in Lawrence with his wife Wendie and stepchildren.

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