Griffin McMahon

Organist, Pianist and Vocalist

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Massachusetts native Griffin McMahon is gaining wide acclaim as a versatile organist and pianist crossing both classical and contemporary styles. A passionate and electrifying performing artist, he has performed at some of the country's most famous venues, including: New York's Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and St. Mary the Virgin Times Square; Philadelphia's Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center; Mechanic's Hall; Boston's Symphony Hall; Princeton University Chapel; and on the world's largest functioning pipe organ, the Wanamaker Organ at Macy's Center City Philadelphia, among others. His performances on the “Wanamaker Organ Hour” have been broadcast on WRTI radio numerous times, and his recent performance at Lincoln Center was broadcast on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams” radio in September 2013.


Griffin lives in Brooklyn and studies organ at The Juilliard School. He studies organ with Grammy Award winning organist Paul Jacobs, chair of the organ department. At Juilliard, he is the recipient of the Juilliard Alumni Scholarship and The Chairman's Grant. He is currently the Organ Scholar at Christ Church, United Methodist in Manhattan. Griffin's primary teachers include Paul Jacobs, Matthew Lewis and Peter Beardsley (organ) and Ernest Barretta and Abigail Thomsen (piano). He is the first prize winner of the Charlotte Hoyt Bagnall Scholarship Organ Competition and has won prizes in the Regional Competition for Young Organists (Region I). An avid supporter of new music, he has premiered works by Juilliard composers Sean Smeed and Alice Gi-Young Hwang. Equally at home in the worlds of classical and popular music, Griffin has performed at diverse venues ranging from concert halls like Lincoln Center and the Kimmel Center to club venues like The Living Room, Spike Hill, and Public Assembly. Griffin’s other interests include cycling, visual art, history, improvisation, and teaching. Since his early teenage years, he has taught music lessons to children and hopes to continue more work in education and building community through the arts.