Organist Gary McWithey wrote the following review of Will’s concert on June 10.
Last evening I had the privilege of attending the 2nd Tuesday Organ Concert series at Gesu Church on the Marquette campus in Milwaukee. Artist of the evening was young Will Schlueter. Having just graduated from high school and just turned 18, the talent and skill this young man exhibits is utterly amazing.
The program consisted of two movements from the Vierne Symphony #2, Bach’s “Wedge” prelude & fugue, the gorgeous Cantabile by Franck, three Chorale Improvisations on familiar hymn tunes by Paul Manz and the popular Toccata Festiva by Richard Purvis.
Will’s playing was clean, mature and exciting on every count. For a young man who has only studied organ for three years (!), his dedication and command of the instrument is staggering. I have heard the Gesu organ played by many organists. Will’s command and understanding of this massive instrument and live acoustic in the building was as good as any, and better than many.
Kudos to Will’s organ instructor, Sister Mary Jane Wagner, and to John Weissrock who acted as page turner and I’m sure offered his expertise at controlling the Big Schantz.
If you were not in attendance for this epic performance, shame on you! If you hear of Will playing in the area again, don’t miss it! I’m sure his playing will astound you, too.