S. Wayne Foster is the Organist-in-Residence at the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles, California, where he presides over one of the worldâ��s largest pipe organs. As part of this prestigious position, Mr. Foster performs weekly recitals and helps coordinate the Annual Organ Recital Series. His performances have been praised by critics worldwide.
Mr. Foster is a native of Florida where he studied organ as an undergraduate at Stetson University. He went on to receive his Masterâ��s degree in the harpsichord and early music from the University of North Texas and, in organ, his DiplÃ´me de Concertiste from the Ã�cole Normale de Musique in Paris, where he lived for five years. While there, he was staff continuo player with Lâ��Orchestre de St. Louis-en-lâ��Ile, and accompanist for the Paris Choral Society, in addition to serving as assistant organist at the American Cathedral in Paris.
His many awards include the Gold Medal and Audience Prize at the 1997 Dallas International Organ Competition; First Prize at the William Hall Organ Competition; First Prize at the Ã�cole Normale de Musique; and First Prize at the American Guild of Organistsâ�� Regional Competition.
Mr. Foster has performed as soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Augusta Symphony, and the Charleston Symphony, and has accompanied numerous fine choral groups and vocalists throughout his career.
CD recordings include an album of French Symphonic organ works on the Towerhill label, and a CD on the historic Huguenot Church organ in Charleston, South Carolina. He co-produced a new DVD documentary on the worldâ��s largest church pipe organ at First Congregational Church in Los Angeles.
Mr. Foster has provided organ music for the film â��Marie Antionetteâ�� (2006) and for the television show â��Ugly Betty.â�� Recent performances include the Washington National Cathedral, the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, and, in 2008, a solo recital for the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.