T A N D Y R E U S S N E R, D M A, received her Bachelor and Doctorate of Organ Performance degrees from the University of Kansas, and a Masters of Music degree (Organ) from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. A Fulbright Scholar to West Germany in 1986/87, Tandy has also won two national organ competitions -- the1989 Music Teacher's National Association Organ Competition, and the 1991 Chicago Women's National Organ Competition. Besides performing full-length concerts throughout the region and around the world, Tandy Reussner has served several local churches as organist and currently is the head organist/choral accompanist at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence, Kansas, home to the largest pipe organ in the state.
Besides performing and writing organ music and choral pieces, Tandy has published a biography of one of her organ mentors, and has written several devotionals and an in-depth Bible Study. Her Bible Study, "Contend For the Faith," covers the books of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John and Jude. Other devotionals, originally published in various Advent booklets or given as gifts to family members, are now becoming available to the public. More Bible Studies and organ music collections are also in process. (Watch this website for new releases!)
Each Christmas season, Tandy Reussner and her family provide a free organ concert to the Lawrence community to benefit local charities and organizations. Area musicians join Tandy for this "organ-plus" Christmas concert, playing to a full house every year. Tens of thousands of dollars have been raised for Family Promise of Douglas County, Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association Survivors' Funds, the local High School Choral programs, and other worthy non-profit organizations in the area. For her efforts, Tandy was awarded the Elizabeth Watkins Community Caring Award in 2016.
In her spare time, Tandy Reussner enjoys spending time with her husband, Lee, and daughters, Liesel (and son-in-law, Sean), and Hannah; watching sports; painting (rooms and canvases!); traveling; sewing; journaling; reading; studying history; co-hosting a weekly women's Bible study; and reading recipes and then cooking them.