Drew A. Worthen (b. 1988) is a digital organ builder, former composer, "bar-room pianist," and organist based in Indianapolis, IN and is the Director of Music at Greenwood United Methodist Church in Greenwood, IN. Drew earned his B.M. in Theory & Composition from Henderson State University with Dr. Philip Schroeder, and his M.M. in Composition from Butler University with Dr. Michael Schelle and Dr. Frank Felice. Former teachers include Dr. Jonathan Whitaker & Dr. Jamie Lipton (tuba), Dr. Hee-Kyung Juhn (piano & organ), and Dr. Rick Dimond (jazz/improvization).
Written as his Master's Thesis, Drew's "Concerto for Organ and Orchestra" was selected as a finalist in the 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer's competition. As an avid supporter of new music for the organ, Drew is continuously looking to collaborate with other organists to seek out new and innovative works for the instrument. Drew's original works have been commissioned by and performed by professional and collegiate ensembles from, Henderson State University, University of Alabama, Texas AMN Corpus Christi, The Eastern Trombone Workshop (Hosted by the United States Army Band), and others.
Drew is currently a Technology Systems Designer for Design27 +Acoustics in Indianapolis and holds multiple certifications across the professional electronics industry from the likes of Dante, Q-SYS, BiAmp, Crestron, and Extron. This knowledge of commercial audio, video, and networking technologies, coupled with his decades-long passion for woodworking and music, led Drew to undertake the design and construction of his "Opus 1" Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organ, completed in 2019 for Greenwood United Methodist Church. Opus 1 has been hailed as one of the most successful and highly-praised Hauptwerk installations in the country - paving the way for churches and individuals to have an organ of exceptional quality, whilst still remaining budget-conscious.
As one of the early trail-blazers in utilizing Hauptwerk in large public venues, Drew holds a unique understanding in how to successfully implement these amazing instruments.