Samuel Hutchison is the Principal Organist and Curator for the Madison Symphony Orchestra where he plays the MSO's 72-rank Overture Concert Organ built by Orgelbau Klais of Bonn, Germany. His position as the Wayne Curtis & Maybelle Slavens Hall and Francis Vincent & Lettie von Kalweit Dunnebacke Curator is endowed by an anonymous donor.
Mr. Hutchison is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he received his degree in church music and organ performance with honors. His primary teachers include Rosemary Clarke, George Markey, Donald McDonald, Wilma Jensen, Frederick Swann, Robert Carwithen and Marie-Madeleine Duruflé.
As an organ soloist, Mr. Hutchison has presented many recitals both in the United States and in Europe. Locations include the Riverside Church, New York City; St. Paul's Cathedral, London; Notre Dame, St. Sulpice and St. Étienne-du-Mont, Paris.
In 1985, he performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach in a series of 11 weekly recitals commemorating the 300th anniversary of the composer's birth. As an orchestral soloist he has appeared with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in performances of Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3 (The Organ Symphony), Strauss' Festival Prelude for Organ & Orchestra, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 and No. 8 and Janacek's Taras Bulba, as well as soloist in the Poulenc Concerto in G Minor.
He has also appeared with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Poulenc Concerto in G minor and the JongenSymphonie Concertante. He has accompanied most of the major oratorio repertoire as organist and conductor including Handel's Messiah, Bach's St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn'sElijah, Honegger's King David, Poulenc's Gloria, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Mass in C Major, Haydn's Creation and The Seasons, and the Requiems of Verdi, Duruflé and Fauré.
Hutchison has studied with many conductors, including Joseph Flummerfelt, Leonard Bernstein, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Robert Shaw and Thomas Schippers. He also participated in the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy for two consecutive seasons as a member of the opera chorus, working with Gian Carlo Menotti and Samuel Barber in performances of Puccini's Manon Lescaut and Donizetti's Don Pasquale.
He has served as Organist/Choirmaster in churches in New Jersey, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Wisconsin including Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wisconsin, where he oversaw the design and installation of the new 46-rank Schoenstein organ.
As a choral conductor, he has extensive experience in working with volunteer choirs to build a choral sound and develop repertoire appropriate to each choral situation.