Drew A. Worthen
Drew A. Worthen (b. 1988) is a freelance composer, 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 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.
In 2019 Drew completed the design and installation of one of the largest and most successful Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organs in the country. The instrument is unique in that it was built entirely by the congregation of Greenwood United Methodist Church, showing that it is possible for congregations to successfully build their own organs, whose capabilities far surpass those of well known digital organ builders, and at a fraction of the cost.