Ken Mervine

Affiliate Faculty

Contact
kmervine@msudenver.edu

Area
Staff Accompanist

Kenrick Mervine has earned such reviews as "the kind of program I've been hoping to hear for years," "a delight for both the layman and the connoisseur," and "an organist of stature, one who's personality encompasses superb musicianship and technique in equal measure."  Ken has been working in concert and liturgical settings since 1976.  His medium is music but the message is to take yourself beyond your own boundaries.  He does this by bringing unexpected and unusual works to the audience.  He earned his degrees (with Distinction) from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ.

Ken received an Organ Talent Scholarship Award in addition to honors and recognition from the American Guild of Organists, West Chester State University, and the Music Teachers National Alliance.  He has appeared as guest soloist at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, been on the faculty of Seton Hall University, and was an accompanist for the New Jersey Ballet. Shortly after moving to Denver, Ken was privileged to serve as organist during Pope John Paul II's visit during the World Youth Day celebration. Presently, he is Organist of Temple Emanuel, Denver; and appears regularly as organist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Arapahoe Philharmonic and the Denver Brass.  Ken has been on the faculty of Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2009.

Ken and his wife, Barbara (also a Musician) have presented hundreds of concerts and workshops throughout the NY metropolitan and Front Range areas. They have produced or been featured on six recordings which have been aired on American and Canadian Public Radio and "Pipedreams."  They have commissioned and premiered over 35 musical creations and been featured performers for the American Guild of Organists and the American Theater Organ Society.  Most recently, the Mervines filled in (with three hours notice) for the "First Lady of the Organ" Diane Bish at the Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, when she was too ill to appear.  They have been featured guest artists on the Hour of Power at the Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California.