Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht is Professor of Music at the University of Alberta. Marnie Giesbrecht is a versatile keyboard artist who has performed organ recitals in major cities and universities in Canada, the United States, Europe and South Africa. She teaches Organ Performance (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs), Organ Literature, Hymnody and Service Playing, Chamber Music and Graduate Keyboard Seminar at the University of Alberta, and is also Adjunct Professor of Music at King’s College. At First Presbyterian Church, she directs the choir and the handbell choir and plays both the organ and piano.
Dr. Joachim Segger is a versatile musician who regularly plays piano solo, duo and chamber recitals as well as concertos. He has performed in various venues throughout North America, Europe and South Africa and is frequently heard on CBC local and national broadcasts. He was a semifinalist in the Gina Bachauer, CBC, Robert Casadesus, Maryland and Bach International Piano Competitions and was the winner of the prestigious Canadian Women’s Club Competition in New York City that resulted in a Carnegie Recital Hall debut. Segger’s piano professors include Ernesto Lejano and Helmut Brauss (University of Alberta), Kurt Neumüller (Mozarteum, Salzburg), Cecile Staub Genhart (Eastman School of Music) and Menahem Pressler (University of Indiana). One of the youngest students at Eastman to receive the Performer’s Certificate, he also won the concerto competition and performed the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Eastman Philharmonia conducted by David Effron. Dr. Segger is Professor of Piano and Theory at The King’s University College, Edmonton, Alberta and Adjunct Professor of Piano at the University of Alberta. At First Presbyterian Church, he plays both the organ and piano and has been known to direct the choir.
Joachim Segger and Marnie Giesbrecht collaborate as Duo Majoya. In addition to playing piano duet repertoire, they play organ duets, and organ and piano duos. Their concert programs and CDs are broad in scope, including transcriptions, improvisations (Joachim) and new music. Their performances and recordings are received with critical acclaim. Works for organ and piano by several Canadian composers have been commissioned for Duo Majoya.