Prior to his appointment at St. Mary's in fall 2000, he was Organist and Associate Director of Music of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and also Organist in Residence and Organ Curator of historic First Church of Christ, Scientist, both in Denver's historic Capitol Hill district.
He has presented solo concerts of the works of J.S. Bach, César Franck, Charles-Marie Widor, Louis Vierne, and a program of the organ sonatas of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy commemorating the birthday of the composer.
Some of his innovative theme concerts which have received enthusiastic acclaim include A Lotta Toccata, a tour de force recital of the world's most famous organ toccatas; J.S. Bach Meets Scott Joplin, an organ and piano performance featuring Classical ragtime music of Black composer Joplin contrasted with that of the Leipzig master; Masters of the North German Baroque, showcasing some of the most exciting works by Dietrich Buxtehude and his student Nicolaus Bruhns; The Genius of César Franck; Meet the Happy Warrior: Sonatas of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (with program notes detailing his life and times); and Widor Lives!, celebrating the astounding symphonic compositions of the master French Romantic-Modern composer.
Raymond Garner has been a professional church organist since age 11, and he received a first prize in organ in 1964 at the age of 13. He is a graduate of the University of Redlands School of Music in Organ Performance and has studied with Karl Bonawitz, Justin Colyar, Jeffrey Rickard, and Raymond Boese. Master's degree studies included choral conducting, church music, and vocal pedagogy with Howard Swan at California State University, Fullerton. Mr. Garner has also studied organ with Mireille Lagacé of Montréal, Canada, and with David McVey in California. In 1972 he received the Martha Farr Organ Scholarship from the Pasadena, CA, American Guild of Organists chapter, adjudicated by Thomas Murray.
In addition to solo concerts, Raymond Garner also performs in duo with violoncellist
Patrice Young, presenting unique arrangements of music for pipe organ and 'cello.