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A native of Pittsburgh, George A. Rau received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan - both in organ performance. His teachers have included John R. Lively, Robert Glasgow, Donald Wilkins and Helen Gossard.
For the past 29 years, he has been the Director of Music and Worship at the First Presbyterian Church in Washington, PA, where he coordinates a graded choir program and concert series. He has been the College Organist and Adjunct Instructor of Organ at W&J since 2004. During the summer of 1976, he was a student at the American Conservatory of Music at Fontainebleau, France, where he studied with Nadia Boulanger.
His students have gone on to hold full-time church positions as well as teaching positions at Notre Dame University and the Juilliard Conservatory of Music.