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Musician, researcher Aaron Tan to visit campus Nov. 21

Canadian organist Aaron Tan (Courtesy Photo |

Canadian organist and researcher Aaron Tan is visiting campus to illustrate the contrast between his work in STEM and music with a lecture and concert.

Tan is delivering a guest lecture at 11 a.m. and performing on the organ at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Staples Family Concert Hall in the Music Building.

In 2018, Tan won first prize and the audience prize at the National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance. 

“After winning this award, he sort of came into the limelight of the organ world and the classical music world,” Director of Music Events Kristin Pagels said. He also was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan studying polymer thin films, according to his website.

Pagels said Tan's lecture will focus on his career as both a musician and a materials scientist, and how he was able to combine STEM and music.

The lecture and concert are free and open to the public. There will be a reception after where students can have dessert and speak with Tan.

“I’m really hoping that we get a lot of non-musicians coming for at least the lecture, if not the concert also,” Pagels said.