Mark Laubach
Mark Laubach

Mark Laubach
Mark Laubach


-The American Organist Magazine

“Mark Laubach played a virtuoso recital. From start to finish, the nicely varied program was thoughtfully registered and impeccably performed. Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture came to life, as if an orchestra were in the room. Laubach played William Bolcom’s Gospel Prelude on What a Friend We Have in Jesus with rhythmic verve, and we heard yet more dulcet tones from the pipes in Gerre Hancock’s Improvisation on St. Clement, transcribed by Peter Stoltzfus Berton. Finally, it was quite an experience to hear Julius Reubke’s epic Sonata on the Ninety-fourth Psalm on the Girard College Chapel organ. I will never forget the chorus of reed stops sounding the heraldic fanfares well known in the piece, and Mark Laubach’s fiery playing and brilliant interpretation.”

-The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians

In a review of Mosaics in Sounds (2006 Pro Organo CD), Victor Hill wrote, “Indeed, [Laubach’s] playing throughout is of the highest order with respect to technique, rhythm, sense of sound, and interpretive understanding. … This is an absolutely first-rate recording.”

-The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians

"Mark Laubach’s recital at Pine Street Presbyterian Church included the commissioned work by Jeremy Gill, 8 Variations and Toccata on “Betzet Yisrael” in all its onomatopoeic splendor with trembling earth, mountains skipping like rams, and rocks turned into a fountain of waters! The 83-rank Skinner/Möller was more than equal to this challenge, as was Canon Laubach."

-The American Organist, October 2011



Since January 1986 Mark Laubach has served as Organist and Choirmaster of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre, the Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Bethlehem, where he administers an active liturgical and choral music program, concert series, and Music from St. Stephen’s, a radio broadcast heard weekly on WVIA 89.9 FM Public Radio. In 2008 Bishop Paul Marshall made Mark Honorary Canon Precentor of the Diocese in recognition of his accomplishments and contributions to the musical and liturgical life of the Diocese of Bethlehem.

Mark Laubach received a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music from Westminster Choir College in 1982 and a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in 1984. He served for one year as Fellow in Church Music at Washington National Cathedral. His organ teachers have included J. Clinton Miller, George Markey, Donald McDonald, and David Craighead. Since winning first prize in the 1984 American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Young Artists’ Competition in Organ Performance, Mark has performed in many prominent churches and concert halls in the USA and in Great Britain and Germany. Notable UK recitals have included appearances at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, and cathedrals in Bristol, Chichester, Ely, Gloucester, Lincoln, Norwich, Wells, and Winchester. He is a frequent recitalist, clinician, presenter of hymn festivals, and competition adjudicator for National and Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and National and Regional Conferences of the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM). He has recorded three critically acclaimed compact discs on the Pro Organo label: Teutonic Titanics, French Fest, and Mosaics in Sound. Canon Laubach teaches organ students privately and at Marywood University in Scranton. He is represented by the Concert Artists Cooperative.

Recent performances by Canon Laubach have included recitals at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, Immanuel Church on the Green, New Castle, Delaware, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scranton, Pennsylvania, First Lutheran Church of Brockton, Massachusetts, and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. He recently accompanied performances of the Requiem, Op. 9 by Maurice Duruflé at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, PA, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton, All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Princeton, NJ, and St. Stephen’s Church in Wilkes-Barre.

In 1993 and 1994, Mark started his involvement with the Royal School of Church Music in America when he served as an organist for the Valley Forge Course, which moved to Wilkes-Barre in 1995 and became the King’s College Course. He served as Course Manager in the late 1990s in Wilkes-Barre, and has served as an organist for the Course in the years since.

2022 will mark the 200th anniversary year of the birth of César Franck. In celebration of this, Mark Laubach will perform all twelve of Franck’s major organ works in recitals at St. Stephen’s in Wilkes-Barre. He will be available for similar performances elsewhere, either to include all the Franck works or select pieces.  

In August 2023, Canon Laubach and the St. Stephen’s Choir will combine with Canon Stephen Williams and the Choir of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for a weeklong residency at Exeter Cathedral in England. In the previous week he will serve as co-organist for another residency at Exeter by the Choir of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Harleysville, PA.