August 8th at noon, The Church of the Cross
Kalle Toivio is a Finnish-American concert organist and pianist living in New York City. Dr. Toivio is the winner of the First Prize at the 2018 American Guild of Organists National Organ Improvisation Competition, which is one of the most prestigious and challenging competitions in the world. Toivio received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied for more than seven years with the legendary organist McNeil Robinson (1943–2015). Toivio continues his piano studies with Nina Svetlanova, organ studies with James David Christie and organ improvisation with David Briggs. Toivio is the organist and director of music at the Church of Notre Dame in New York. He is also the founder and Sub-Dean of the Finland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Dr. Toivio is a member of the organ faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege and the piano faculty at the Stamford Music & Arts Academy.