Griffin McMahon

Organist, Pianist and Vocalist


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Griffin at Manhattan Inn, NY



Griffin McMahon 

23 year old Griffin McMahon is emerging as a unique and versatile organist / pianist and collaborator in the American music scene. Equally at home in the worlds of classical, sacred, and indie rock music, Griffin has performed at diverse venues ranging from concert halls like Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), Mechanics Hall and the Kimmel Center to rock venues like the Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, and Brooklyn Bowl. He has performed several times on the world's largest functioning pipe organ, the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia. In 2014, Griffin performed in a historic eighteen-hour complete organ works of Bach marathon concert at St. Peter's Church in New York City, live-streamed by WQXR radio to thousands of listeners. His performances have been broadcast on national radio syndicates such as the “Wanamaker Organ Hour" on WRTI, "Pipedreams" on American Public Media, and WQXR, New York's Classical Music Radio Station. Griffin has studied organ with Paul Jacobs, Matthew Lewis and Peter Beardsley, and piano with Abby Thomsen and Ernest Barretta.

Born and raised in western Massachusetts, Griffin is a graduate of The Juilliard School and currently lives on Martha's Vineyard. He serves as Music Director at St. Andrew's Church in historic downtown Edgartown and maintains a busy performance schedule.  Griffin is a passionate teacher and has taught piano lessons for over ten years. Griffin’s other interests include cycling, improvisation, visual art, and history. Highlights of the 2016 season include performances at St. John the Divine, St. Paul the Apostle, performing Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony No. 3 with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and a unique outdoor organ performance for over 25,000 people at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in Wisconsin, curated by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.