- James H. Cook
(b Fairbury, NE, Sept 13, 1931). American organist and teacher. Clark holds degrees from Central Methodist College (now Central Methodist University), Fayette, Missouri (BM 1952), and Union Theological Seminary (SMM 1954). His teachers included Orpha Ochse, Luther Spayde, Clarence Dickinson, and Ernest White. In his early career Clark held positions at Baker University (Baldwin City, Kansas), Christ United Presbyterian Church (Canton, Ohio), and Cornell College (Mount Vernon, Iowa). He was Professor of Organ at the University of Michigan 1964–81, Professor of Organ at Arizona State University 1981–97, and Visiting Professor of Organ at Indiana University in 1997. He taught many outstanding students throughout his career, including winners of the Fort Wayne, Flint, St Alban’s and American Guild of Organists competitions. Since his retirement, he has continued to perform, with his final appearance taking place on his 78th birthday. Clark was co-editor, with his former student John David Peterson, of a new critical edition of Bach’s ...