Lerie Dellosa

Adjunct Instructor of Music

Academic Area: Organ and Piano


Email: Ldellosa@twu.edu


DMA in Organ Performance, University of North Texas
MM in Organ and Piano Performance, Towson University
BM in Organ and Piano Performance, University of Santo Tomas
BM in Music Education, Adventist University of the Philippines


Lerie Dellosa, DMA, is an adjunct Professor of Organ and Piano at Texas Woman’s University, where she teaches applied organ, and classes in keyboard musicianship and functional piano. Dellosa is both a pianist and organist, and mostly involved in teaching, large-ensemble performances, and research. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance from the University of North Texas under Jesse Eschbach in 2015; and was awarded as the Most Outstanding Graduate Student in Organ Performance in 2012. Her related studies are in sacred music with Mark Scott, and in fortepiano and harpsichord with Christoph Hammer. Her dissertation, entitled Messiaen’s Musical Language: Technique and Theological Symbolism in Les Corp Glorieux, “Combat de la mort et de la vie” was written under the research guidance of Robert Pearson. Dellosa has a Master of Music in both organ and piano performance from Towson University; she studied organ with Henry Lowe and piano with Reynaldo Reyes, where she performed Liszt’s Twelve Transcendental Etudes for her graduate piano recital. Her Bachelor of Music degrees are also in organ and piano performance, magna cum laude, from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila; and in music education from the Adventist University of the Philippines. In the Philippines, she studied organ with Manuel Maramba and Bernabe Palabay, and piano with Manuel Maramba, Erlinda Fule, Leonore Kilayko, and Corazon Arevalo-Coo. Dellosa also studied with other teachers, either prior or during her graduate studies: (organ) Christopher Anderson at Southern Methodist University, Dianne Luchese at Towson University, Van Knauss at Washington Adventist University; (piano) Adam Wodnicki at UNT, Steven Smith at Penn State University; and (harpsichord) Eva Mengelkoch at Towson University.

Awarded as the Organ Teaching Fellow at UNT in 2008-2012, she taught secondary and concentration organ in the undergraduate and graduate levels, and undergraduate organ literature. She presented her students in organ recitals each end of the semester, and a number of her students now hold church organist positions. In the summers of 2012-2015, she gave lessons and masterclasses in piano at the Adventist University of the Philippines, where she served as a student-teacher in piano during her undergraduate years. In 2014-2015, she taught organ and piano as an adjunct faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Currently, she maintains a private music studio, where a number of her piano students were awarded college music scholarships. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was the organist-pianist-in-residence at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Takoma Park, Maryland, and also the assistant organist at the Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. Since her teenage years, she has served as pianist, organist, accompanist, and music director at other churches from different denominations. Dellosa occasionally substitutes at churches in the Dallas-Fort Worth area; in 2014, she served as a regular substitute organist at St. Stephens Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth. Currently, she is the organist for the Keene Worship Choir.

As a winner of the UNT Concerto Competition, Dellosa performed Jongen’s Toccata from Symphonie Concertante for organ and orchestra with the UNT Symphony Orchestra in 2013. Previous to this performance was with the University of Minnesota–Duluth Symphonic Wind Ensemble in 2012, which was a premier symphonic band arrangement of Jongen’s Toccata, arranged and conducted by Jean Bailey, who was the former Director of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Subsequent performances with large university ensembles were: UNT Symphony Orchestra with Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony; UNT Wind Symphony with a premier symphony-arrangement performance of John Priddy’s Resurrection; Southwestern Adventist University Wind Symphony with Gigout’s Grand Choeur Dialogue and Widor’s Toccata from Symphonie V at the Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas; Greenville church and school choirs, and the Texas A&M University-Commerce Brass and Percussion Ensemble, with Rutter’s Gloria; and UNT Concert Choir with Duruflé’s Requiem: Introit and Kyrie.

Dellosa was featured at the 51st American Liszt Society Festival in 2015, where she performed Liszt’s monumental organ work, Fantasie and Fugue on the Chorale, Ad nos ad salutarem undam. Awarded with travel grants from Toulouse Graduate School, UNT College of Music, and Raupe Memorial Professional Scholarship, Dellosa participated in international organ tours and masterclasses in the summers of 2010 and 2011. At the Bach Organ World Tour with Bach scholar Quentin Faulkner, among the organs she played were at: Hofkirche (Silbermann organ) in Dresden, Stephankirche (Scherer) in Tangermünde, Schlosskirche (Trost) in Altenburg, Stadtkirche (Hildebrandt) in Naumburg, Schlosskirche (Ladegast) in Wittenburg, and the Brandenburg Cathedral (Wagner). At the French, Spanish and British Organ Music Seminars, her masterclass performances were at: St-Sulpice (Cavaille-Coll) in Paris with Daniel Roth, St-Gervais (Clicquot) in Paris with Aude Heurtematte, Paris Conservatoire (Rieger) with Olivier Latry, St-Ouen (Cavaille-Coll) in Rouen with Ben van Oosten, and in York, England with Francis Jackson. Other organs she played were at: Chapelle Royale (Cliquot) in Versaille, France; Santa Maria del Coro (Cavaille-Coll) in San Sebastian, and Parroquia del Salvador (Mutin) in Usurbil, Spain; St. Paul’s Cathedral (Willis), and Westminster Cathedral (Willis) in London, and York Minster (Walker-Harrison) in England. After her European organ tours, Dellosa also visited significant churches in the Philippines with historic organs, which date back from the 16th to the 19th centuries during the colonial years under Spain: Manila Cathedral, San Agustin, Las Piñas (bamboo organ), churches in Bohol—Baclayon, Loay, Loboc, Loon, Dimiao, Maribojoc, and Garcia Hernandez, and lastly Argao in Cebu. Dellosa’s other masterclass performances in the US were with Stefan Engels, Robert Bates, Richard Elliott, and most impressively, with Gillian Weir at the UNT Inaugural Conference.

Besides teaching and performances, Dellosa’s music interests include research, particularly in relation to theoretical analysis. Inspired by her DMA dissertation, which is a very extensive analysis on Messiaen’s melodic and harmonic elements, and her MM thesis on Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue and Liszt’s Mazeppa, Dellosa is pursuing her graduate studies in music theory at UNT. Her analytical interests focus on Liszt’s metrical dissonances and Messiaen’s structural elements. Lerie is married to Johnson Dellosa, a family physician and an amateur pianist, and their son Kyle is a business student in college, sings baritone and plays the violin.

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