James E. Bobb
James E. Bobb joins the St Olaf faculty with more than 20 years’ experience directing church music in Lutheran and United Church of Christ congregations.
Bobb holds performer’s certificates and M.M. degrees and in organ and harpsichord performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music where his teachers included Russell Saunders and David Craighead in organ and Arthur Haas in harpsichord. His undergraduate work was at Capital University where his teachers were Janet Linker in organ and Frank Hussey in piano.
As the Minister of Music at First Congregational Church, Columbus, Ohio from 2009-2012, Bobb presided over a three-manual 1972 Rudolph von Becherath organ of 73 ranks, a four-manual 1931 W. W. Kimball organ of 66 ranks, four parish ensembles and two concert series. He also taught organ and organ literature at Capital University in Columbus. For fifteen years prior to that, Bobb served the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word in Rochester New York. There he led parish ensembles of all ages, conducted the St. John Passion and other works by Bach, Buxtehude, Schütz, Gabrieli, Purcell, and Telemann, and led the choir on a tour of Sweden. Also in Rochester, he was director of the Rochester Bach Festival, an instructor in Sacred Music at the Eastman School of Music, Adjunct Professor of organ at Nazareth College, and a chapter dean of the American Guild of Organists.
At the harpsichord, Bobb has performed Bach’s Goldberg Variations in Manhattan, Boston, Rochester, and Baltimore. He has appeared as organ and harpsichord soloist, conductor, and continuo player with The Publick Musick and the Rochester Bach Festival. With The Publick Musick, he had appeared in New York, Indiana, Maine, and Germany, and has recorded music of Telemann and Vivaldi. Bobb has also enjoyed leading hymn festivals in Ohio, New York, Georgia, and Oklahoma.
Catherine Rodland '87
Rodland graduated cum laude with distinction in organ performance from St. Olaf in 1987. She received the MM and DMA from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she received the Performer’s Certificate and the Ann Anway Award for excellence in organ performance. Prizewinning competitions include the 1994 and 1998 American Guild of Organists Young Artists Competition, the 1994 Calgary International Organ Competition and first prize in the 1989 International Organ Competition at the University of Michigan. She has concertized throughout the United States and Canada and in Germany, performing recently in Berlin and Brandenburg.
At St. Olaf Catherine teaches a full studio of organ students as well as music theory and ear training classes. She performs regularly at St. Olaf, in 2007 dedicating the new Holtkamp organ in Boe Memorial Chapel and performing as a featured soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra and St. Olaf Band. These performances were recorded for the nationally syndicated radio show “Pipedreams” on NPR. A specialist in both Baroque and modern music, she has participated in the Belvidere Chamber Music Festival in Tennessee, featuring yearly premieres and performances of music of living composers. In 2010 she recently released two CDs: “Dedication”, and “American Weavings”, the latter recorded in Boe Chapel with violist Carol Rodland.
Co-author of the book “Choristers’ Training Program” for the Royal School of Church Music in America, Catherine has presented workshops on childrens’ choirs at several church music conventions.