Database of Women Organists

United States

Cathedral

St. Patrick’s R. C. Cathedral, NYC,                        Dr. Jennifer Pascual

Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Houston TX       Dr. Christa Miller

Church of 1500+ members in a major city

Church of the Heavenly  Rest,  (Episcopal) NYC       Mollie Nichols

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN         Maria Bucka

Memorial Drive Presbyterian, Houston, TX              Kathryn White

University Christian Church Ft. Worth, TX               Kyla Rosenberger

 St. Patrick RCC Dallas TX                                      Cynthia Fruth

Lake Highlands UMC Dallas TX                                Nicki Lyford


Church of 1500+ members in  towns

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver, CO  Kathleen MacLean

Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit, MI Nancy Deacon,

Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, NE   Marie Rubis Bauer

 
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Omaha, NE. Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett

St. John the Evangelist Cathedral, Spokane, WA Dr. Janet Ahrend


Church Street United Methodist Church, Knoxville, TN Edie Johnson


Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, Newport Beach, CA Patricia Murphy Lamb


Christ Presbyterian Church, Edina, MN Heather Hood


St. Luke's, Evanston, IL Christine Kramer


St. Joseph Catholic Church, Macon, GA  Nelda Chapman


Community of Christ, Independence, MO  Dr. Jan Kraybill


Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, NM  Dr. Maxine Thevenot


Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rochester, NY   Ginny Miller
 

St. George’s Episcopal Church, Belleville, IL   Dr. Nancy S. Ypma

Trinity United Church of Christ, Tiffin, Ohio,  Joan Holder McConnell

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD  Jeanne Carter, director, Marilyn Schempp, organist

Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson, NC     Jane Cain

Trinity Presbyterian in Charlotte, NC    Jane Arant



Conservatory

There are no women leading a conservatory organ program in the United States.

Colleges

Women teaching organ at a research university in a major city

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Dr. Kimberly Marshall

University of Washington, Seattle WA  Dr. Carole Terry

Women teaching organ at a research university in a town

Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL Dr. Faythe Freese

Univ of Arizona, Tuscon  AZ  Dr. Pamela Decker

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Annette Richards

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN  Dr. Jeanette Fishel

Iowa State University,  Ames, Iowa Dr. Tin-Shi Tam

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Dr. Barbara Baird

Active college organ programs directed by women in the United States, September, 2012.  The data was collected between April and September, 2012. Most recent update March 3, 2015

Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL Dr. Faythe Freese

The University of Akron, Akron, OH Valerie Thorson

The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH Valerie Thorson

Ancilla College, Donaldson, IN Clara Woolley

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Dr. Kimberly Marshall

 Univ of Arizona, Tuscon  AZ  Dr. Pamela Decker

Augustana College Sioux Falls, SD Marilyn Schempp

Baylor University, Waco, TX. Dr.  Isabelle Demers

Belhaven University, Jackson, MS, Carol Durham

Benedictine College Atchison, KS   Dr. Ruth Krusemark

Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS Melody Steed

Bethany Lutheran College Mankato, MN Judith Kresnicka

Bethel College, North Newton, KS  Dr. Roseann Penner Kaufman

California State University-Fullerton Tustin, CA  Esther S. Jones

Clemson University Clemson, SC Dr. Linda Dzuris

Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA, Dr. Lynda Hakken

Cornell University Ithaca, NY Annette Richards

DePauw University Greencastle, IN Dr. Carla Edwards

Drury University Springfield, MO Dr. Earline Moulder  

Duquesne University, Pittsburg, PA  Dr. Ann Labounsky

University of Florida Gainesville, FL Dr. Laura Ellis

Florida International University, Miami, FL Joanne Norman Schulte

Fresno Pacific University Fresno, CA Laurell Huber

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Evanston, IL Margaret McElwain Kemper

Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA Dr. Ann B. Caldwell

Gonzaga University  Spokane, WA  Dr. Janet Ahrend

Hardin -Simmons University Abilene, TX  Hye-Jean Choi

Hastings College, Hastings, NE   Diane Aiken

Heidelberg University Tiffin, OH Joan Holder McConnell

Henderson State, Arkadelphia, AR   Dr. Hee-Kyung Juhn

Hobart & William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY Dr. MaryAnn Hamilton

Houston Baptist University, Houston TX  Dr. Rhonda S. Furr

Houghton College Houghton, NY  Dr. Judy Congdon

University of Idaho, Pullman, ID   Susan Billin

Illinois College, Jacksonville, Il  Nichol DelGiorno

Indiana Univ. Bloomington IN  Dr. Jeanette Fishell

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, PA Dr. Christine M. Clewell

Indiana University-Southeast New Albany, IN Dr. Janet Hamilton

Iowa State University  Ames, Iowa Dr. Tin-Shi Tam

Ithaca College Ithaca, NY Jean Radice  

Jones County Junior College Ellisville, MS Kay Guiles

Kutztown University Kutztown, PA Dr. Ina Slater Grapenthin

Lebanon Valley College Dr. Shelly Moorman-Stahlman

Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory NC  Florence Jowers

McKendree University, Lebanon, IL.   Dr. Nancy Ypma

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro TN Angela Tipps

Mills College  Oakland, CA Dr. Sandra Soderlund

Millsaps College, Jackson, MS Carol Durham

Minot State University West Minot, ND  Kari Files
 
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO  Elisa Bickers

Moody Bible Institute Chicago, IL  Dr. Elizabeth M. Naegele

University of Montana  Missoula, MT  Dr. Nancy J. Cooper

Nazareth College, Rochester, NY Dr. Dianne Maynard-Christensen

Nebraska-Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE  Masako Bacon

University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kearney, NE Dr. Marilyn Musick

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM  Arlene DeYoung-Ward

Ohio Northern University Lima, OH Mary Jane Eichelberger

Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, OK Dr. Melissa Plamann

University of Oregon Eugene OR Dr. Barbara Baird

Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, FL Patricia Holland

Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS Dr. Susan Marchant

Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin  Dr. Sarah Mahler Kraaz 

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ  Renée Anne Louprette

San Jacinto College Central Pasadena, Tx. Dr. Martha Braswell
 
St Meinrad School of Theology,St Meinrad, Indiana  Debra Dyko
 
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN  . Dr. Catherine Rodland

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, Yoon-Mi Lim
 
Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia  Dr. Joyce Johnson

Valparaiso University,  Valparaiso, Indiana Dr. Lorraine S. Brugh

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY  Dr. Gail Archer

Wartburg College Waverly, Iowa Dr. Karen Black

Washington University , St. Louis, MO  Barbara Raedeke

University of Washington, Seattle WA  Dr. Carole Terry

University of West Florida Pensacola, FL Dr. Lynne A. Lauderdale

University of Wisconsin-River Falls River Falls, WI Laura J. Edman

West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV Dr. Melody Meadows

Wichita State University, Witchita, KS  Lynne Davis

William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS Kathy Vail

Willamette University, Salem, OR  Dr. Marcia Hauff

William Jewell College  Liberty, MO  Dr. Ann Marie Rigler

Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee WI Valerie Floeter

University of Wisconsin-Superior Superior, WI Dr. Norma Stevlingson

Wittenberg University Springfield, OH Trudy Faber 

There are 82 organ programs directed by 81 women; 44 hold a DMA or PhD.

Mexico

Cathedral

Catholic Cathedral in Yucatán          María de J. Pech C.

College

Instituto de Música Sacra de Morelia    Laura A. Carrasco C.

Canada

Cathedral or church of 1500+ members in a major city

Missione Maria Ausiliatrice, Montreal  Alexandra Fol

St. Joseph's Basilica, Edmonton, AB Monica Rist           

Robertson Wesley United Church, Edmonton, AB  Tammy-Jo Mortensen      

First Presbyterian Church, Edmonton, AB  Marnie Geisbracht                

Metropolitan United in Toronto, ON  Patricia Philips Wright          

Holy Rosary Cathedral, Regina, SK    Valerie Hall                          


College

University of Alberta, Marnie Giesbrecht, Professor of Music,

Canadian University College, Wendy Markosky, Professor of Music

University of Ottawa, Karen Holmes                 

York University, Stephanie Martin, Assistant Professor

University of Toronto, Patricia Wright       

Cuba

Miriam Cruz,  Música de la Escuela Nacional de Arte de Cuba y el Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA)

Teresa Paz,  El Conservatorio de Música Amadeo Roldán, coordinado con el Conjunto de Música Antiga Ars Longa         


South America

Argentina

Adelma Gomez, Organista del Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires

Brazil

There are four universities in Brazil with undergraduate programs in organ; there is one organ teacher in each, of which two are women:


Universidade de São Paulo (USP)


Dorotéa Kerr, Universidade Estadual Paulista (USESP) 


Any Rachel, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) 


Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

Uruguay

Cristina Garcia Banegas, Profesora de la Cátedra de Órgano de la Escuela Universitaria de Música de Uruguay y de la Selección Coral del Colegio Inglés.  Es la creadora y directora del Ensemble Vocal e Instrumental De Profundis y del Festival Internacional de Órgano del Uruguay

 


Asia

China

Shen Fanxiu Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing
Wong Kin-Yu, Adjunct performance faculty, Chinese University of Hong Kong and
                     Organist at Kowloon Methodist Church
Christine Yong,  Organ teacher,  Hong Kong Baptist Seminary and
                         Organist, Hong Kong Baptist Church

Japan

Mamiko Iwasaki,   International Christian University, International Christian University Sacred Music Center,

                         St. Gregory House Institute for Religious Music

 Kaoru Dobashi,   Osaka College of Music

 Maki Yamamoto,  Soai University

Megumi Tokuoka, Tokyo College of Music

 Miho Hasegawa,  Meiji Gakuin University

 Naomi Matsui,  Seitoku University

Emiko Sekimoto,  Keisen Jogakuin University

Naoko Imai,  Tohoku Gakuin University

 Rie Hiroe,   Tokyo University of the Arts (Known as  uni GEIDAI)

 Megumi Tokuoka, (The same person at Tokyo College of Music) Tokyo University of the Arts (Known as uni GEIDAI)

 Tomoko Miyamoto, Ferris University

 Aya Iinuma, Ferris University

Chiharu Unai , Ferris University

 Makiko Hayashima, Ferris University

 Hatsumi Miura,  Ferris University

 Seiko Li, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music

 Yumiko Ogino, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music

 Satoko Kawagoev, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music

 Shiori Fukuhara, Elisabeth University of Music

 Hitomi Yoshida,   Elisabeth University of Music

 Akiko Ueno, Kobe College (women’s university)

 Naoko Sato, Kobe College (women’s university)

 Mari Dazai, Kobe College (women’s university)

 Naomi Matsui, (The same person with Seitoku Uni) Kobe College (women’s university)

 Kinue Aota,   Kunitachi College of Music

New Zeeland

Christine Eschete, Music Director, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland

Singapore

Evelyn Lim Nanyang Academy of Music and Singapore Bible College

South Korea

Young-Hee Jang, President of the Korean Association of Organists

Dr. Ja-Kyung Oh,  Professor of Organ at Korean National University of the Arts (KNUA)

Dr. Kwak Tong Soon, Yonsei University, Seoul

Taiwan

Women teaching organ at a university or seminary

Dr. Melody Chen, Taiwan Theological Seminary, Master in Church Music, Organ Major

Lin Shuna, Tainan Theological College and Seminary, Church Music Department,
                 Tainan, Taiwan
Ms. Wu,     Tainan Theological College and Seminary, Tainan, Taiwan
Yu-Hsiang Abby Chen,  Taipei Theological Seminary, Church Music Department

                       Taipei, Taiwan
Hsiuwen Chen, Taipei Theological Seminary, Church Music Department, Taipei, Taiwan                           
Lin Li-Ching,    Taipei University of Arts, Department of Music, Taipei, Taiwan
Li-Qing Lin,      Taipei National University of the Art
Lih Jen Lin,      Aletheia University
Xiang yu Chen, Soochow University  
                                      








Women music director in large churches


Suang Lien Presbyterian Church in Taipei
 

Chu,An-Mei,   Music Director, Li-na Zhan, Catherine Wei, Wen-Hwei Qiu, Grace Jiang, Chuei-jing Tsai, Shu-hwa Chen, Annie Wang, Hsin-ru Lai, Melody Chen.

Lih Jen Lin,Ta Dou Cheng Presbyterian Church in Taipei, Taiwan
Lin, Chu-Hsien,  Music Director, Grace Baptist Church, Taipei, Taiwan




Europe

Czech Republic

Irena Chribkova, Music Director and Organist, Basilica of St. James, Prague

Denmark

Randi Mortensen, domorganist, Odense Domkirke, Odense
Hanne Kuhlmann, domorganist, Copenhagen Dome Church ( Our Lady’s Church)

The Royal Danish Music Conservatoire

Bine Bryndorf, Professor in organ playing & head of the church music department
and organist of the Copenhagen Trinitatis Kirke

 

Royal Academy of Music, Århus – no female organ teachers

 Finland
 

Sibelius Academy

Kati Hämalainen, Assistant Professor (in organ, harpsichord)

 

Kuopio Department of Sibelius Academy

Ikonen Jaana,   teacher in organ playing

Oulu Polytechnic School of Music, Dance and Media  

Maija Lehtonen, teacher in organ playing   

France

Marie-Claire ALAIN - église Saint-Germain - Saint-Germain en Laye

Coralie AMEDJKANE -  Titulaire de l'orgue de Ville d'Avray

Annette AUBERT - cathédrale Notre-Dame (orgue de choeur) – Rouen

Corinne BALLAND - église Notre Dame de Sancerre

Martine BETREMIEUX-MAYEUR - professeur d'orgue a l'académie de musique de Villeneuve d'ascq.

Cécile BLAIS - orgue Merklin de la chapelle Notre Dame des Anges Paris VIème

Geneviève BONHOMME - église Notre-Dame - 14210 Evrecy

 Marie-Claire CANTO - Eglise Saint-Cyprien (Toulon), Professeur d'orgue à l'Ecole de Musique de Sanary-sur-Mer

 Sophie-Véronique CAUCHEFER-CHOPLIN - titulaire-adjointe de Saint Sulpice (Paris, VI) et titulaire de Saint Jean Baptiste de la Salle (Paris, XV)

 Suzanne CHAISEMARTIN - Eglise Saint-Augustin - Paris (titulaire honoraire)
Madeleine CORDEZ - Orgue Clicquot de Souvigny (Allier) ; paroisse de Bouge Moulins à vent (Namur).
 
Claire CREPIN-CHAPUIS - organiste à St Pothin (Lyon - 6e)

Eva DARRACQ-ANTESBERGER - CNR Jacques Thibaud de Bordeaux, Eglise St. Augustin Bordeaux,  

Anne DUMONTET - professeur d'orgue à l'Ecole Nationale de musique de Lisieux, titulaire de l'orgue de la Cathédrale St Pierre de Lisieux

Isabelle FONTAINE - Cathédrale de Soissons

Jacqueline FORGA - Saint Leon – Paris

Marie-Hélène GEISPIELER - Abbaye Saint-Victor, Marseille - Notre-Dame du Lac, Lunel - enseigne à Montpellier

Marie-Louise GIROD -  Oratoire du Louvre– Paris

Marta Gliossi- Ecole Nationale de Musique de Brest

Marie-Agnes Grall-Menet-  Saint Nicolas-du Chardonnet- Paris,
Marie-Thérèse JEHAN co-titulaire du GO de la Cathédrale de Nantes
 
Jeanne JOULAIN - Organiste honoraire de l'église Saint-Maurice à Lille
Susan LANDALE -  Saint-Louis des Invalides,Paris

Marie-Louise LANGLAIS - CNR Paris, Schola Cantorum,Paris

Marie-Ange LEURENT -  Notre Dame de Lorette- Paris, Professeur aux conservatoires de CLICHY et de SURESNES
Françoise LEVECHIN - Saint-Roch– Paris
 
Viviane LORIAUT-DAMIANI - professeur à l'ENMD de Corse (Bastia), organiste à Cervione

Monica MELTOVA   Profesora de órgano en el Conservatorio “Gaston Litaize” de Montereau, France

Ann Dominique MERLET - Eglise Saint Laurent, Paris - Professeur d'orgue a l'ENM de Valenciennes.

Marie-Thérèse MICHAUX - Saint-Louis-en I'lle, Paris.

Marie-Andrée MORISSET -  Saint-Ouen– Rouen

Marie-Martine PIERRE - église des Saints Anges Gardiens, Saint-Maurice (Val-de-Marne)

Catherine PRIGENT-ALLENBACH - St Paul de Koenigshoffen, STRASBOURG

Anne-Marie RAMERINO - orgue Agati de la collégiale d'Aups

Sophie RETAUX - cathédrale Notre-Dame, Saint-Omer (Pas-de-calais)

Francine SABY - Eglise Saint sévère de BOURRON MARLOTTE

Helga SCHAUERTE-MAUBOUET - German Lutheran Church in Paris and organ teacher at

the Conservatory Nadia et Lili Boulanger in Paris

Isabelle SEBAH -  Temple de Pentemont- Paris 7

Carolyn SHUSTER-FOURNIER - orgue de choeur - La Trinite'– Paris
Nicole SYMONNOT - Sainte-Jeanne d'Arc – Rouen

Françoise VALOGNES-THOMAS - titulaire des orgues Parizot de l'Abbaye Saint Martin de Mondaye (Calvados).

Astrid VERSLUYS - abbatiale Saint-Michel, église Saint Pierre - Gaillac

Patricia WAECHTER-LAVERSIN - église Saint-André de Reims

Monique WEINZAEPFEL-LEIMBACH - église St Maurice de Soultz

Chantal de ZEEUW - cathédrale, Aix-en-Provence - conservatoire, Aix-en-Provence

 

Germany

Prof.i.K. Mareile Schmidt, Orgelliteraturspiel, Orgelimprovisation und Orgelmethodik
Hochschule für evangelische Kirchenmusik, Bayreuth

Annemarie Sirrenberg, Lehrbeauftragte für Liturgisch Orgel und Orgelliteratur C
Marianne von Einsiedel, Lehrbeauftragte für Orgelliteratur und Orgelmethodik
Hochschule für Kirchenmusik,Dresden

Jakoba Marten-Büsing Orgelmethodik
Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Freiburg

Martina Böhme
Evangelische Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Halle an der Saale, Halle

Kerstin Wolf, Lehrbeauftragte
Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Hamburg

Prof. Christiane Michel-Ostertun Orgelimprovisation
Hochschule für Kirchenmusik, Heidelberg

Prof. Christiane Michel-Ostertun
Hochschule für Kirchenmusik, Herford

Gesa Graumann: Orgelkunde(that means: organ in theory, organ building
Professor Mareile Schmidt: Liturgisches Orgelspiel that means improvisation
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln

Professor Marlene Hinterberger, Lehrbeauftragte
Katharina Lelovics, Lehrneauftragte
Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, München

Nürnberg: Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg
Sigrid Wildt

Heidi Emmert, Dozentin für Orgelliteraturspiel und Liturgisches Orgelspiel
Hochschule für Katholische Kirchenmusik, Regensburg

Bernadetta Sunavska
Hochschule für Musik Saar, Saarbrücken

Professor Martha Schuster
Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, Stuttgart

Iceland
 
 Iceland Academy of Arts -- no female organ teachers
 

Ireland

Sarah Brown, Organist & Choir Director in Our Lady of Consolation Church, Donnycarney

 

Cecilia Kehoe, Organist and Music Director of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Trinity in Baronstrand Street, Waterford

 

Bernadette Kiely, Organist & Choir Director St. John's Cathedral, Limerick

 

Siobhan Kilkelly,  Organist and teacher at DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, Dublin

 

Una Russell,  Lecturer in Organ at DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, Dublin

Italy

Letizia Romiti, organ faculty, Conservatory of Allessandria

Norway

Ines Maidre-Aarvik, Professor assistant, teacher of organ interpretation
Grieg Academy (GA), music department in the University of Bergen (UiB), Bergen

Inger-Lise Ulsrud, professor assistant, teacher of improvisation
Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH), Oslo

Karin Nelson, teacher of organ interpretation
Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH), Oslo
 

Ragnhild Strauman, domkantor, Bodø domkirke

Hijoo Moon, domorganist, Tromsø domkirke
 

Spain

 

Immaculada Ferro,   Catedrática de Órgano en los Conservatorios Superiores "Victoria Eugenia" de Granada y "Manuel Castillo" de Sevilla.  Dirige el Departamento de Cuerda y es Profesora de Orquesta, siendo titular de la Orquesta y Coro del Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Granada.
Directora de la Semana Internacional de Órgano de Granada que anualmente patrocina CajaGranada

Monserrat Torrent,   Su actividad pedagógica empezó el año 1956 en calidad de profesora de órgano en el Conservatorio Superior Municipal de Música de Barcelona. Desde 1991 es catedrática emérita. Entre sus discípulos están casi todos los catedráticos y profesores de órgano del Estado español

Concepcion Fernandez Vivas,   Catedrática de Historia y Ciencias de la Música en la  Universidad   de Granada; Organista titular en la Iglesia de San José de Calasanz

 

Sweden

 

 Stockolm Royal Academy of Music       

 Gabriella Sjöström Teacher of liturgic organ play

Gothenburg International Organ Academy

(GOArt) joined Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama in 2011 

 Karin Nelson, professor in Organ Improvisation

 

 Malmö Music High School (Musikhögskolan i Malmö), University of Lund

Ingrid Melltorp, universitetslektor i liturgisk orgelspill

Lulea University, Music College in Pitea

Katrin Meriloo, organ teacher

Eneken Berglund, domkantor, Karlstad Dome church (domkirke) 

 (kantor – a church musician who has main responsability for the choir)


 

 

 

United Kingdom

Cathedral
Sarah Baldock, Chichester Cathedral

Katherine Dienes-Williams, Guildford Cathedral

Cathy Lamb, Lichfield Cathedral

University
Sarah MacDonald, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge

Conservatory
Susan Landale, Royal Academy of Music

Anne Marsden Thomas, organ LRAM course at The Royal Academy of Music.
(LRAM is a qualification in teaching).

Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin Organ Professor, Royal College of Music

Margaret Phillips, Royal College of Music

Ann Elise Smoot, Trinity College of Music
 
Middle East
 
Israel
 
Inna Dudakov,  Church St. George, Jerusalem

Arin Maisky, Immanuel Church,  Tel Aviv  




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