September 24, 2017
Critics have hailed organist William Kuhlman as "a world-class performer" whose playing "communicates musical purpose and excitement." His passion for his art is reflected in a 40 year teaching and performing career that has spanned a broad range of activities, from concerts with the Dallas and Philadelphia Brass and Chicago Symphony Trumpeter Adolph Herseth, solo recitals in the cathedrals of Trondheim, Rotterdam and Vienna, and publication of his scholarly work in the national organ journals, The Diapason and The American Organist. His engagements have included performances with the famed Empire Brass. In one year, he was aired on four different National Public Radio programs including, "Performance Today," "Saint Paul Sunday Morning," "Pipedreams," and "All Things Considered." He has recorded on the large mechanical action organ at the Center for Faith and Life built by Robert Sipe, where "Baroque Music for Organ and Brass" was recorded with the Empire Brass under the Telarc label and issued internationally in 2003. For his scholarly actrivities he has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Georce C. Marshall Foundation. In January of 2004 he performed concerts with The "Sistema Nacional para las Orquestas Juveniles e Infantile de Venezuela" (The Venezuelan State Foundation for the National System of Youth Orchestras), along with trumpet virtuoso Marc Reese in Caracas Venezuela. His compilation of organ literature and sacred tunes entitled "The Organist's Music Library Plus" has received nationwide praise and has proved to be an invaluable tool for organists, performers and scholars. Over forty of his Luther College organ students have gone on for graduate degrees at various presitigous institutions.
His most recent recitals have been in Mesa, Sun City West, Arizona, Rochester, Minnesota, Cresco, Iowa, and Valparaiso Chile. Following retirement, he was awarded an honorary membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and was named Professor and College Organist Emeritus of Luther College, where he worked for 38 years.