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Duo Majoya

Marnie Giesbrecht and Joachim Segger are Duo Majoya, the uniquely versatile and innovative keyboard team that has circled the globe performing keyboard duets of all combinations in North America, Europe, South Africa and Asia. The duo has performed a distinctive repertoire of commissioned, original and arranged works on community and university concert series, at conventions and international organ festivals. Commissions include works for organ duet and organ/piano by Canadian and international composers funded by the RCCO (Royal Canadian College of Organists), AFA, Canada Council, and other sources. Commissions include more than twenty pieces for organ duet and organ/piano by Canadian and international composers; Duo Majoya records a broad range of keyboard duet repertoire on CDs and videos.

Enthusiasts and advocates for the development of organ music in Edmonton and Canada through leadership roles in the RCCO and other regional and national musical organizations, Giesbrecht and Segger also serve the Edmonton community as music directors at First Presbyterian Church. The duo was inducted into the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame in June, 2014 for their individual careers and exceptional work as Duo Majoya. In July, 2015, Giesbrecht and Segger were inaugurated Honorary Fellows of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. 

Giesbrecht and Segger began playing piano duets upon meeting as students. Their piano studies intersected in the classes of Ernesto Lejano (University of Alberta) and Kurt Neumüller (Mozarteum in Salzburg); and the Eastman School of Music (Cecile Genhart and Barry Snyder). Playing piano duets continues to be a constant joy. 
Dr. Giesbrecht is Professor Emerita and University Organist at the University of Alberta; and Adjunct Professor of at The King’s University; Dr. Segger is Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at The King's University.




Marnie Giesbrecht

Marnie Giesbrecht performs as organ soloist, collaborative musician (organ, piano, harpsichord) and with Joachim Segger as Duo Majoya. Dr. Giesbrecht is Professor Emerita and University Organist at the University of Alberta and Adjunct Professor of Music at The King’s University, Edmonton.
A passionate and versatile keyboard artist Marnie Giesbrecht has performed in major cities and universities as well as at festivals throughout Canada, the United States, South Africa, Europe and Asia.  She studied at the University of Alberta (BMus piano with Ernesto Lejano); DMus organ with Gerhard Krapf), the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y (MMus piano with Barry Snyder) and the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria (Performance Diploma, piano with Kurt Neumüller). Dr. Giesbrecht is a church musician and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Giesbrecht commissions, performs and records solo, duo and collaborative keyboard works by Canadian and international composers.

As a community builder Giesbrecht has served as local and national RCCO presidents and on organ selection/building committees including the Davis Concert Organ at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton. A founding member of Early Music Alberta, she plays harpsichord continuo and solo works for their concerts and festivals. Dr. Giesbrecht has served on national and international organ competition juries including the RCCO (Royal Canadian College of Organists) and CIOC (Canadian International Organ Competition).


Joachim Segger

Joachim Segger is a versatile musician who performs extensively as piano soloist and collaborative artist. He has performed in a variety of venues throughout North America, Europe and South Africa and is frequently heard on CBC local and national broadcasts. He was a semifinalist in the Gina Bachauer, CBC, Robert Casadesus, Maryland and Bach International Piano Competitions and was the winner of the prestigious Canadian Women's Club Competition in New York City that resulted in a Carnegie Recital Hall début.   Joachim Segger holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY,  (BMus, MMus and Performer’s Certificate) and the University of Alberta (DMus), Major teachers include Ernesto Lejano (Edmonton), Menahem Pressler (University of Indiana), Helmut Brauss (U of A), Kurt Neumuller (Mozarteum), and the legendary Cécile Genhart (Eastman).

 Dr. Segger is Professor of Music (Piano) and Chair of the Music Department at The King's University, Edmonton, Alberta. His piano solo CD “Bravato” was released in June 2002 on the Arktos label; as organist Segger is renowned as a clinician for his service playing and improvising.  Joachim has partnered as a chamber musician with many artists and has toured extensively with Charles Stolte where their programs include new music, transcriptions and improvisations.