About Walter Klauss



Walter Klauss received his M.A. degree from Case Western Reserve University and pursued doctoral studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York. At the age of 17, Mr. Klauss made his debut as an organ recitalist at the Cleveland Museum of Art; the museum later inviting him to perform the American premiere of Jean Langlais’s “Organ Concerto” for the May Festival of Contemporary Music. At the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in New York City, Mr. Klauss was one of six organists invited to perform the complete works of Olivier Messiaen in a concert honoring the composer, who was present. He continues to appear as a recitalist, including performances with the Zurich Symphony at the Tonhalle and, for his 30th-anniversary concert at All Souls Unitarian Church, a performance of the Rheinberger rarely-heard “Concerto No. 2 for Organ and Orchestra”.


Walter Klauss founded New York’s critically acclaimed Musica Viva concert series in 1977 and now serves as its Artistic Director Emeritus. He has appeared as guest conductor of festival choruses and led workshops in choral conducting and performance techniques. Mr Klauss has been guest conductor of choral and orchestral works with L’Orchestre de J.L. Petit in Paris, and conducted concerts in Zimbabwe.


He served as Minister of Music at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City from 1976 to 2014. Mr. Klauss also served as Chairman of the Music Department and Professor of Music at the C.W. Post Center of Long Island University. Upon his retirement from C.W. Post, the university honored him with the status of Professor Emeritus. Walter Klauss is currently on the music faculty of Queens College (CUNY).

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