Our Board of Advisors: Caleb Sension

Caleb Sension is an organist, pianist, improviser, composer, and cellist from Bangor, Maine, USA. Born in 2000, he initially taught himself to play the piano at the age of 3, after discovering his love for music. Significant childhood exposure to the organ led him to begin studying the instrument seriously at the age of 13. Caleb is a scholar of Gregorian Chant and the liturgical music tradition of the Catholic Church, which has led him to devote large amounts of time studying and performing excerpts of Charles Tournemire’s “L’Orgue Mystique”. He has distinct interest in the music of the 20th and 21st century, as well as the early music of the Ars antiqua.

His primary organ teacher has been Dr. Kevin Birch, but he has also studied briefly with Eric Plutz, and Tomi Satomaa, as well as masterclasses with Christian Lane, Balázs Szabó, and Susanne Kujala. His cello studies have been conducted under Timothy Garrett. Caleb currently serves as Organist and Choirmaster of Usus Antiquior liturgies at Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, Old Town, Maine, where he directs music for the beautifully ancient Tridentine Rite Masses – tying together millenia-old ceremony and chant with extemporaneous music and compositions from more recent eras. His notable concert venues include Helsinki Cathedral, Kallio Church, and St. John’s Church in Helsinki, Finland, Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and St. John’s Catholic Church, York St., Bangor, Maine, on E. & G.G. Hook Op. 288, a magnificent 3-manual tracker-action organ from 1860.August 29, 2021

Caleb currently serves on our Board of Advisors as well as being our Assistant Director.

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