Geoff Wilcken


geoff picGeoffrey Wilcken is an active composer, conductor, organist, and pianist. He began studying composition in 1982 under Dr. Jeffrey Prater at Iowa State University. After the publication of his anthem, “Lord Jesus Lay” by Augsburg Publishing House in 1984, when he was eleven, Geoff went on to win the Music Teachers National Association composition contest in 1985 and again in 1986. Current publications include “Grant Us Thy Peace” and “Sing, All” by Alliance Music Publications, and “The Higher Path,” available from Colla Voce Press. In 2015 he received the first ever Kansas Choral Composition award for his work, “Life’s Symphony.”

Geoff began serving regularly as organist at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ames, Iowa in 1988, and he has remained vigorously involved in church music since then. Currently he can be heard on the organ of historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in downtown Kansas City. In addition, he has performed with various ensembles in Lawrence and the Kansas City area, including the Kansas City Fine Arts Chorale, Songflower Chorale, Musica Vocale, and the Moon City Big Band.

He completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Iowa State University in composition in 1995 while studying under Dr. Prater, and he subsequently finished his Master of Music degree in choral conducting under Simon Carrington at the University of Kansas in 1998. He toured southern England with the KU chamber singers in 1997. Geoff is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition at the University of Kansas.