Pursuant to his work in professional church music, Michael Plagerman has interests in the repertoire and practice of sacred literature for the organ and choir through the last two centuries. An advocate for the musical education of congregations, Michael has sought to encourage participatory music making in the church through the organization of a number of concerts, choral workshops, and other educational events that focus on the involvement and encouragement of young people interested in church, choral, and organ music. Michael holds a B.Mus. (summa cum laude) in organ performance from Pacific Lutheran University where he studied organ with Paul Tegels, harpsichord with Kathryn Habedank, and choral conducting and pedagogy with Richard Nance and Brian Galante. Having performed extensively throughout the Northwest, Michael recently complete the Master of Sacred Music degree at the University of Notre Dame where he was awarded the Craig Cramer prize in organ performance. During his time at Notre Dame Michael served as a graduate assistant organist at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and assistant director of the Women’s Liturgical Choir. He is currently in the second year of the D.M.A in Performance Practice at Cornell where he studies with Annette Richards and Nathan Laube . Michael serves as the Director of Traditional Music and Organist at All Saints Parish (RC) in Corning, New York. His current research is focused on 19th century American organ culture, including developments and trends in organ building, and the social and compositional context of the American organ variation.