Shiloh Church, United Church of Christ

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Dayton, OH  45415

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Victor Kovacs Jr., Senior Organist

Victor Kovacs Jr began studying piano when he was in kindergarten. He began organ study at the age of 9 alongside continued piano lessons. Through his own interest and aided by his situation, he was asked to play the organ for daily Masses by the age of 11.  At the age of 15, he was hired professionally as an organist. 

Victor was born in Cincinnati and attended St. Michael Catholic School, St. Gertrude the Great Roman Catholic School, and ultimately completed high school at Princeton High School. He accompanied all of the high school choirs in concert, also leading ensembles as well as accompanying soloists in OMEA competitions.  He attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, graduating Cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance in 2010.  While working on his degree, he was chosen as the organist for performances of Mozartís Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Bachís Cantata Nun komm der heiden Heiland, and finally as the Organist for the Universityís annual Christmas presentation, Feast of Carols. After winning a full scholarship at the Strader Organ Competition in 2011, Victor re-entered the Masterís Program for Organ Performance in 2011/2012.  Victor has completed all of the coursework and one of the two recitals necessary for his diploma.  He plans to perform the final required recital during the 2015 year to finish his degree. 

Since his first days playing daily Masses at his school, Victor has held many positions as organist, choir director, accompanist, and music director.  His previous positions include Organist/Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Kenwood, Ohio, Organist at Memorial United Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio, Organist at Old Troy Pike Community Church in Huber Heights, Ohio, and Director of Music Ministry at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Middletown, Ohio.  Before coming to Shiloh Church in February of 2015, Victor was the Music Director at St. Gertrude Parish.  St. Gertrude is administered by the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph, whom Victor served as organ teacher to the novices who live at the St. Gertrude Priory. 

Favorite past times of Victor include fishing, hiking, exploring nature, and traveling. Victor also serves as a Piano/Organ Instructor for TakeLessons.com teaching in home and studio lessons to clients. 

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