March 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Francis Street First UMC
110 N 12th Street

Isaak Drewes is a very promising young musician. Let’s experience the birth of the new star together.

Isaac began piano studies with his mother, Cheryl Drewes, at age 7, in Portland, OR. At 9 years old, he began studying privately with Timothy Nickel. At the same time, he also joined Pacific Youth Choir. These experiences helped spark his passion for instrumental and choral music. In addition, as the son of two church musicians, being steeped in the music of the church has cultivated an appreciation for the beauty and meaning that music brings to Christian faith.

In 2010, after moving to Auburn, WA, Isaac continued his piano studies with Timothy Strong, adjunct professor of music at University of Puget Sound. It was at this stage in his life when Isaac began to see music not only as a passion of his, but as his vocation. This was also when Isaac began studying organ, first with his mother, and subsequently with Dr. Catherine Rodland at Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival in 2012 and 2013.

Isaac entered college at St. Olaf in September of 2013 as a piano performance major. At this stage in his musical journey, he was undecided between organ and piano, having a love of both instruments. However, during this first semester, he began to develop a passion for the organ both because of its great variety of sounds, and because of its long history as an instrument of the church. Accordingly, in January of 2014, he declared an Organ major.

Since then, Isaac has been active both in churches and as a performer. He has also maintained his piano skills, despite dropping the major. Ultimately, he strives to be a versatile musician, in church and in concert, and to use music as a means to bring people together, be it in congregational song, or in a recital setting.