Dr. Charles W. Ore, DMA [b. 1936, in Winfield Kansas]
In addition to being an accomplished organ recitalist, Dr. Ore composes organ and choral music, and is a leader in the use and development of improvisation in organ playing.
A 1958 graduate of Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, he was awarded a master of music degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Ore was previously Minister of Music at First Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Chicago, Ill. and professor of music at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. From 1966 to 2001, Dr. Ore was professor of music and chair of the Music Department at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. He was also the cantor of Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska from 1975-2001 and Associate Organist at First-Plymouth Congregational Church, Lincoln, Nebraska from 2001-2006. Dr. Ore has released several recordings of organ and choral music available through Concordia Publishing House and Organ Works. His published music is available from Concordia, Augsburg and MorningStar.