Brian Swager

About Brian Swager

Brian Swager is a concert organist and carillonneur from San Francisco. He holds the Doctor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University. He was Assistant Professor of Music and University Carillonneur at Indiana University where for nine years he taught carillon, piano, and organ, and played weekly recitals on the Arthur R. Metz Memorial Carillon. He teaches private music lessons, is carillon editor for The Diapason, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco chapter of the American Guild of Organists.



  • Doctor of Music, Indiana University, 1994
  • Premier Prix, Organ, Conservatoire National, Rueil-Malmaison, France, 1987
  • Final Diploma with Great Distinction, Royal Belgian Carillon School, 1986
  • Master of Music, Indiana University, 1984
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Akron, 1982

Honors and Awards

  • Carillon Scholar Fellowship, Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, Florida, 1996-1997
  • Queen Fabiola International Carillon Competition, Mechelen, Belgium, 1990, Silver Medal
  • French Government Scholarship for study with Marie-Claire Alain, 1986-1987
  • Fulbright Grant for study at the Royal Carillon School in Belgium, 1984-1986
  • American Guild of Organists, Chicago Chapter, 1984 Competition, First-place winner

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • American Guild of Organists
  • Guild of Carillonneurs in North America
  • Carillon Editor, The Diapason
  • American Harp Society

Music Teachers

I have deep gratitude for all of my teachers. These were my primary music teachers:

  • Larry Smith, Indiana University
  • Marie-Claire Alain, Paris, France
  • Flor Peeters, Mechelen, Belgium
  • Richard Shirey, University of Akron
  • Jo Haazen, Mechelen, Belgium
  • Linda Pointer, Indiana University
  • Elisabeth Wright, Indiana University
  • Dorothy Henschen, University of Akron
  • Trudy Brittain, Canton, Ohio
  • Dorothy Kerr, Canton, Ohio

Performance Highlights

  • St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York
  • St. Thomas Church, New York
  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
  • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
  • Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
  • St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco
  • St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Berkeley
  • National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, San Francisco
  • Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, San Francisco
  • St. John's Presbyterian Church, Berkeley
  • First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley
  • Trinity Episcopal Church, Reno, Nevada
  • St. Bede's Episcopal Church, Menlo Park
  • Collégiale Ste. Gertrude, Nivelles, Belgium
  • Eglise St. Pierre, Céret, France
  • Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts
  • First Christian Church, Columbus, Indiana
  • Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis
  • Chapelle St. Louis, Paris, France
  • Vaals, The Netherlands
  • St. Michael's Anglican Church Paris, France
  • St. Rombout's Cathedral, Mechelen, Belgium

updated: 6 DEC 2010