S. Wayne Foster is the Organist-in-Residence at Royal Poinciana Chapel, Palm Beach, FL Mr. Foster\'s 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 MasterÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s degree in the harpsichord and early music from the University of North Texas and, in organ, his DiplÃ�Â´me de Concertiste from the Ã�ï¿½cole Normale de Musique in Paris, where he lived for five years. While there, he was staff continuo player with LÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½Orchestre de St. Louis-en-lÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½Ile, 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�ï¿½cole Normale de Musique; and First Prize at the American Guild of OrganistsÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ 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 worldÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s largest church pipe organ at First Congregational Church in Los Angeles.
Mr. Foster has provided organ music for the film Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½Marie AntionetteÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ (2006) and for the television show Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½Ugly Betty.Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½ 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.