Dr. Ina Grapenthin
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Dr. Ina Grapenthin, a native of Reading, PA, is nationally known as an organ clinician, organ concert artist, and author. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ithaca College School of Music, a Master's Degree in Organ and Sacred Music from the University of Michigan, and a Master's Degree and Doctorate in Education from Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Grapenthin also attended Oberlin Conservatory and holds a Performance Certificate from the Hoch Schule fur Musik in Berlin, Germany. She has studied with notable organists Michael Schneider at the Hoch Schule fur Musik, Robert Clarke at the University of Michigan, Frederick Swann at the Riverside Church in New York, and pedagogy with Robert Pace at Columbia University.
Dr. Grapenthin has been a Professor of Music at Kutztown University since 1978. During her tenure at the University, she developed the Kutztown Academy for Church Organists, and has directed field classes for church organists internationally. Dr. Grapenthin has been a Director of Music and Organist in churches since the age of eleven, and is currently serving St.John's Lutheran Church, Kutztown, PA. She also teaches Music for Elementary Education, Private and Class Piano, Basic Concepts and Skills, Introduction to Music, and British Music.
Ina is a frequent contributor to Crescendo and Ensemble, publications for church musicians. In August of 2000, her article concerning the importance of music in the life of young children, entitled Music for the Brain, appeared in the Central PA Magazine. She is the author of the book "Mr. Mouse Discovers the Magic of Music," a pre-school music curriculum that she implements at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster, PA. Recently, an organ CD, entitled Prestant, was released.
Dr. Grapenthin has been affiliated with the Baldwin Piano and Organ Company in Loveland, Ohio; and Church Organ Systems of Baldwin, Wisconsin since 1984 as a consultant and concert artist in church music.