Overland Park, KS
Elisa Williams Bickers (DMA, FAGO) is the associate director of music and principal organist at Village Presbyterian Church. She directs the Alegría young adult choir and the Village Ringers handbell ensemble. Additionally, she is the keyboardist for the Bach Aria Soloists, a Kansas City chamber music ensemble devoted to performing the works of Bach and composers inspired by him. She performs regularly in recital as a solo organist, harpsichordist, and accompanist, and has served on the faculties of the UMKC Conservatory and Washburn University as instructor of organ and harpsichord. She is the chair for New Music for the 2018 American Guild of Organists National Convention, and as such has been working with composers to commission new works for the pipe organ.
A native of Clinton, Maryland, Dr. Bickers began her organ studies with the Potomac Organ Institute. She has degrees in church music and organ performance from Texas Christian University and the University of Kansas. Her teachers have included Dale Krider, Joseph Butler and Michael Bauer.
Dr. Bickers received first prize and the hymn playing prize in the graduate division of the 2006 William Hall competition. In 2007, she was a quarter-finalist in the American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, and a semifinalist in the 2010 NYACOP. In 2009, she traveled to Lübeck, Germany to compete in the International Buxtehude Competition. She was awarded the 2009 Carlin Award for excellence in teaching, the highest honor possible for graduate students at KU. In 2016, Dr. Bickers earned the Fellowship certification from the American Guild of Organists, one of the organization’s top honors.
Dr. Bickers makes her home in Overland Park with husband Rob and daughter Isabel. She enjoys digging in the dirt, home food preservation and ridiculous TV shows.