Dr. Albert Ahlstrom is the Director of Music at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Atlanta. Albert holds the doctorate from the Juilliard School, and he studied composition, organ, and improvisation in France as a Fulbright scholar.
Albert has performed, and his compositions have been performed, in concert and on radio across the United States and Europe. He has performed at several major music festivals and conventions, including, most notably
, a solo concert and an interview at Radio France, Paris, during American Music Week.
He has recorded a CD on the Raven label of the music of Horatio Parker on the historic 1895 Muller and Abel organ at Saint Joseph’s Church, Yorkville, New York City, where he was the director of music.
While in New York, he played concerts and services at many of the larger churches, including Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Albert is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, where he studied voice for four years and sang in choirs with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the National Symphony under the direction of many notable conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Bruno Walter, and Seji Ozawa.
Albert has won several ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers) awards, and he has composed music for orchestra, chamber groups, voice and electronics. This summer he will perform the premiere of his most recent composition for the Southeastern Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists. Before moving to Atlanta he was on the faculty of Queens College of the City University of New York.