Nathaniel Brown

Tonal Assistant

Nathaniel Brown is a tonal assistant at Buzard and organist at First Presbyterian Church of Danville, IL. He holds a DM and MM in Organ Performance, an MA in Music, and a Certificate of Specialized Studies in Early Music from Florida State University, studying under Iain Quinn and Michael Corzine, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Western Kentucky University in his hometown of Bowling Green, KY, studying under Ken Stein. He served as Adjunct Professor of Music History at WKU in the Fall of 2023.

Early music is his greatest passion, having sung and performed on a variety of early keyboard and wind instruments, and he has published many organ transcriptions of early sacred vocal music as well as his own compositions in early styles, all of which have been recorded and can be heard on his YouTube channel. He is also a Sacred Harp singer, a contra and swing dancer, and an avid collector of early music vinyl records.

In 2018 he was awarded the E. Power Biggs Fellowship from the Organ Historical Society, and his review of Will Fraser’s documentary “Bach and Expression” was published in Bach Notes in the Spring of 2023. He holds memberships in Early Music America, the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, the American Heinrich Schütz Society, and the American Guild of Organists (East Central Illinois chapter).