Michael Rowlands Jr.
Master of Music in Organ Performance Candidate
Michael Rowlands Jr. developed a passion for the pipe organ and began studying as a junior in high school. Now a recent graduate of the organ performance program at Houston Baptist University (B. M. ’18), he is currently pursuing a Master of Music in organ performance at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music as a student of Daryl Robinson. His previous organ instructors include Dr. Rhonda Furr (Houston Baptist University) and Ken Surley (Plymouth Park UMC, Irving).
In 2016 and 2017, Michael was invited by the Houston Bach Society to perform on the Bach Marathon, an all-day event featuring music of J. S. Bach performed by local instrumentalists and singers. In November of 2017, he performed a solo recital for St. John of Rochester Catholic Parish (Rochester, NY) and the 2018-19 season currently includes performances at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Houston, TX), the West Point Cadet Chapel (West Point, NY), and St. Patrick's Cathedral (New York, NY).
Beginning fall of 2018, Michael will serve as organ scholar for two of Houston’s premiere sacred music programs, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and St. Philip Presbyterian Church. In 2016, he worked as an assistant to convention coordinator Rhonda Furr for the American Guild of Organists’ National Convention, held in Houston.