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Ann Labounsky Steele Sacred Music Collections: About Ann Labounsky

Dr. Ann Labounsky at home

(Photo courtesy of Melodie Frankovich)

Ann Labounsky Collection

Dr. Ann Labounsky, performer

Dr. Ann Labounsky performing at the 2017 Pogorzelski-Yankee Organ Recital at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on March 26, 2017.

Opening Remarks, Dr. Christine Clewell - 0:00
Mendelssohn: Sonata IV, Op. 65 - 3:50
Bach: O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656 - 16:00
Adler: Construct: for organ - 26:58
AGO Greeting and Awards, Dr. Eileen Hunt - 49:03
Scholarship Remarks, Dr. Charles Cashdollar - 51:22
Tournemire: Final Piece, Op. 55, No.7 - 56:48
Franck: Pastorale, Op. 19 - 1:04:50
Langlais: Te Deum - 1:14:46
Improvisation on Submitted Themes - 1:20:38

Sound Recordings

Jean Langlais, Complete Organ Works

Ann Labounsky, organist

Call Number: R-14344, Volumes 1-4 (Archives)

Call Number: CD-6568, VOL. 1-13, DISC 1-26, Gumberg AV Materials CDs - 5th Floor

Music for Two Organs

Ann Labounsky, Gallery Organ and Robert Grogan, Chancel Organ

Call Number: R-14252 (Archives)

About Dr. Ann Labounsky

At First Lutheran Church, PittsburghDr. Ann Labounsky has earned an enviable international reputation as a virtuoso performer and improvisor at the organ, and particularly, as a leading American disciple of Jean Langlais. From 1962 to 1964 Ann Labounsky lived and studied in Paris as a recipient of a Fulbright Grant.

As an organ student of André Marchal and Jean Langlais, she immersed herself in the French organ tradition; she studied most of Langlais’s compositions with the composer, and played them for him on the organ at Sainte-Clotilde. In 1964, while she was Langlais’s student at the Schola Cantorum, she earned the Diplôme de Virtuosité with mention maximum in both performance and improvisation. Additional study was with Suzanne Chaisemartin and Marcel Dupré. She was awarded the diploma with the highest honors at the organ competition at the Soissons Cathedral.

Dr. Labounsky has performed world premieres of many of Langlais’s compositions and works by American composers. In addition to extensive performances in the United States, she has made concert tours of Europe, performing at Sainte-Clotilde in Paris on each tour, as well as in Brittany, the Netherlands, Germany, the Ukraine, and Scotland. Her performances have been broadcast over the French National Radio as well as public radio stations in the United States. Her recital credits include performances at the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Basilica of Ste. Clotilde in Paris; the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC; the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York; Grace Cathedral in San Francisco; the Cathedral of St. Paul in Pittsburgh; and the Cathedral of St. Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Dr. Labounsky’s early organ training began with Paul J. Sifler and John LaMontaine in New York City. She was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where she was a student of David Craighead, a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan where her teacher was Marilyn Mason, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology from the University of Pittsburgh under the direction of Dr. Robert Sutherland Lord. (see TAB Mentors of Ann Labounsky)

Dr. Labounsky is an active member of both the American Guild of Organists and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. In the American Guild of Organists she holds the Fellow certificate and has served as Councillor for Education and Director of the National Committee on Improvisation, and as a member of the Certification Committee. Currently she also serves as national Director of Certification for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Dr. Labounsky is the author of a biography about Langlais, Jean Langlais: The Man and His Music, published in 2000 by Amadeus Press. In 2001 she developed a multi-media presentation of the life of Jean Langlais based on this biography. Mist Media, Inc. has further developed this multi-media presentation in the form of a DVD sponsored by the Los Angeles AGO chapter.

Dr. Labounsky has recorded the complete organ works of Jean Langlais for the Voix du Vent Recordings: a project encompassing 26 compact disks and an accompanying book in honor of the Langlais centennial. The first 18 CDs were received with critical acclaim in leading publications including The New York Times, The American Organist, and The Diapason. 

As Chair of Organ and Sacred Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Labounsky oversees both the undergraduate and graduate programs in sacred music. She has been Organ Artist-in-Residence at First Lutheran Church in downtown Pittsburgh. Recently, she accepted a position as organist-choir master at the Church of the Redeemer (Episcopal) in Squirrel Hill.


Dr. Ann Labounsky

Professor, Organ and Sacred Music
Mary Pappert School of Music
Organ/Sacred Music

School of Music, Room 314
Phone: 412.396.5871


Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
M.M., University of Michigan
B.M., Eastman School of Music
Diploma, Ecole Normale, Schola Cantorum, Paris

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Contact Information

If you have any questions or would like to see the collections in person, please feel free to contact us.

Terra Merkey, Music Librarian
Phone: 412-396-1542

Thomas White, University Archivist and Curator of Special Collections
Phone: 412-396-4870