James David Christie: Learning improvisation takes years


Professor James David Christie from the Oberlin Conservatory of Musici (Ohio, USA) has visited the Sibelius Academy this week, giving a master class to the organ and church music students. The focus has been on music by Nicolas de Grigny and Dietrich Buxtehude. Christie praises the Sibelius Academy students as having been very  well prepared.

- Teaching takes time and my problem is, that I am quite throrough as a teacher. So, sometimes taking on seven students in only a couple of hours can be a little bit frustrating when you don't get the chance to spend time with one student as much as you would like to. 

Christie has been involved in the organ music scene for decades. He says that the American culture of organ music and organ building has improved significantly during that time.

- Nowadays, we have great organ builders and the selection of instruments is good. We don't necessarily have to travel to Europe just for the instruments, although we of course do it. 

In the interview, Christie tells about his views on improvisation - among other things.