Former Cathedral Staff

Former Organist

Erik Wm. Suter

Erik Wm. Suter

Erik Wm. Suter

Erik Wm. Suter, a native of Chicago, served as organist at Washington National Cathedral from 1998 to 2007. He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University, where he studied with Haskell Thomson and Thomas Murray respectively. He has held positions at Trinity Church, Copley Square, and at the Parish of All Saints, both in Boston; and at Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut.

Suter maintains an active solo recital schedule. He has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Japan, as well as several European countries. He has performed at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society. As a continuo artist, he has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra.

Suter won first prize in the 1993 Chicago American Guild of Organists Young Organist’s Competition; the Gold Medal of the Mayor of Musashino/Tokyo in the 1996 International Organ Competition Musashino in Japan; first prize in the 1997 Yale Biennial Organ Competition. He was a two-time finalist in the prestigious AGO National Young Artists Competition in Organ Playing. He has been heard on the nationally syndicated Minnesota Public Radio show Pipedreams and has recorded for the JAV Recordings, Gothic, and Pro Organo labels.

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