Sigurd M. Øgaard

Born in Bergen, Norway, in 1978, Sigurd M. Øgaard began studying the organ with his uncle at age ten. In 1996, he attended the International Summer Academy for Organists in Haarlem, The Netherlands. While there, he studied with Professor Piet Kee. From 1997-2002, Øgaard was an organ performance major at the Grieg Academy in Bergen, studying organ, harpsichord, and choral conducting. As part of his undergraduate work, he spent a semester at the Birmingham Conservatoire in England, while also working as organ scholar at St. Mary’s Collegiate Church in Warwick.

In 2002, Øgaard moved to the USA to work as Organist and Assistant Director of Music at First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, Texas. During his time there, he completed a Master’s Degree and a DMA in choral conducting at Texas Tech University. From 2009 until 2011, he worked at TTU as Adjunct Instructor of Collaborative Piano and Organ. After relocating to Houston in 2011, he worked first as organist at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church until 2014, then as Associate Minister for Music and Cathedral Organist at Christ Church Cathedral. From 2012 until 2015, he was Organist and Accompanist for Bach Society Houston, as well as instructor of improvisation and hymn playing at the University of Houston. Since September 2015, Øgaard is Domkantor (Cathedral Organist) at Bergen Cathedral in Norway.

Øgaard has performed extensively in Europe and the USA. Performance venues have included St. Bavo Church, Haarlem (the Netherlands); St. Paul’s, Westminster, Birmingham and Coventry Cathedrals (England); and Washington National Cathedral (USA). He has been a featured soloist in the Bergen International Music Festival and the Oslo Church Music Festival.