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Abbey Hallberg Siegfried

Organist and Instructor in Music

Described by Gramophone Magazine as playing with “bountiful refinement, virtuosity and gusto,” Dr. Abbey Hallberg Siegfried is a dynamic solo concert artist, chamber musician, teacher and church musician. Siegfried began her appointment as Instructor of Music and School Organist in September of 2011.

As a solo organist, Siegfried has won prizes in numerous organ performance competitions. She has performed throughout Europe, Eastern Europe, and the United States and gives frequent master classes for young aspiring organists, as well as lecture concerts on contemporary organ music. As a chamber musician, she has performed contemporary repertoire with groups such as the Huntington Brass Quintet and the New England Conservatory Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, as well as early music with Convivium Musicum and the Boston Shawm and Sackbut Society. Siegfried is a committed and gifted teacher and has served on the faculty of Phillips Exeter Academy, The Young Organist Collaborative, York Community College, and the University of Washington.

Siegfried received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music in organ performance from the University of Washington in Seattle. She also holds bachelor degrees in Organ and German from the University of Iowa and was a winner of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, attending the Conservatory of Music in Freiburg, Germany. She has also attended the Roskilde International Baroque Festival in Denmark and was selected for the Participants Recital and Master Course at the International Summer Academy of Organists in Haarlem, The Netherlands. Her primary teachers include Dr. Carole Terry, Dr. Delbert Disselhorst, Dr. Delores Bruch, Zsigmond Szathmary, as well as studying and performing in other international master classes with Harald Vogel, William Porter, Piet Kee, Robert Bates, and Jon Gillock.

In addition to her work as the Chapel Organist, Dr. Siegfried conducts both Fidelio and the Phillips Academy Chorus. She also co-teaches a musical theater class, a collaboration that has resulted in recent performances of Broadway favorites Hairspray and A Chorus Line.

Finally, Dr. Siegfried also serves as a residential house counselor in Morton House and is the liasion to the Abbot Academy Association grant program.

Gail RalstonGail Ralston

Office Manager

Gail began her PA career in 1989 in the CAMD (Community and Multi-Cultural Development) office before heading to the Dean of Studies Office where she worked for seventeen subsequent years. Now located in the Chaplaincy Office, Gail schedules all events held in the Chapel; including religious services, music performances, campus speakers, student meetings, as well as weddings and memorial services for members of Andover’s staff and alumni.

In addition, Gail has been the longterm shepherd of the Chapel's interfaith library, originally launched by Chelsea Carlson '09 and funded through the generous support of an Abbot Academy Association grant. This special collection is housed within the main campus library (OWHL) and is available to both PA affiliates as well as the wider public.