B i o g r a p h y
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 the Masters of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She has studied with James Higdon, John Ditto, Zsigmund Szathmary, David Craighead, and David Higgs. A Fulbright Scholar to West Germany in 1986/87, Tandy has also won two national organ competitions -- the 1989 Music Teacher's National Association Organ Competition, and the 1991 Chicago Women's National Organ Competition.
Each Christmas season, Tandy Reussner and her family provide a free organ concert to the Lawrence community to benefit local charities and organizations. Local musicians join Tandy for this standing-room only Pops concert. Past guest musicians have included Shan Ken, principle violinist of the KU Symphony Orchestra, Derk Landes and Paul Epp on trumpet, Pat Flor on French Horn, Tracy Resseguie, conductor, the Medical Men's Chorus, and the Women in Healthcare Choir. Tens of thousands of dollars have been raised over the years for Family Promise of Douglas County, Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association Survivors' Funds, the local High School Choral programs, and other worthy organizations in the area.
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 at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence. She is a published composer and author. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Lee, and daughters, Liesel (and new son-in-law, Sean!) and Hannah; watching sports; painting; sewing; scrapbooking; reading; studying history; co-hosting a weekly women's Bible study; and cooking.