Growing up in Derby, Kansas, Tate Addis’ first introduction to music came from his grandmother, who was organist at the local Presbyterian church. This introduction has led him to work as a church organist, with extensive experience as a solo and collaborative pianist. He has a broad familiarity with jazz and popular music, a passion for improvisation, and a love of the choral repertoire, allowing him to bring a wide range of musical experiences to our congregation.
Tate received a Bachelor of Music (piano) degree from Wichita State University, and a Master of Music and Artist’s Certificate (piano) from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance under Robert Weirich. While in Kansas City, Tate served as organist at Second Presbyterian Church from 2008-2013. This experience led him to pursue further training as an organist at Yale University’s School of Sacred Music from which he graduated in May of 2015 with a Master’s in Organ Performance. In addition to his studies at Yale, Tate served for two years as the first Wilson Family Sacred Music Intern at New York City’s Brick Presbyterian Church.
Recent organ performances include Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and St. Thomas Church (Fifth Avenue); Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and Grace, and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral; St. Paul’s Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia; and the Rie Bloomfield Organ Series at Wichita State University. As a piano soloist, Tate has appeared with the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony Orchestra, University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory Orchestra, UMKC Wind Symphony, and Wichita State University Symphony Orchestra. As a collaborative pianist, he has performed with many notable musicians including tenor Vinson Cole, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and violinists Daniel Hope and Benny Kim. Tate was the 2014 recipient of Yale University’s Mary Baker Prize for Excellence in Organ Accompanying.
Currently, he serves as organist at First Baptist Church of Asheville, and as Assistant Director and Accompanist for the Asheville Symphony Chorus. In addition, Tate presents Bach’s Lunch, a monthly series of organ recitals. AFTA proudly sponsors this series.
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