Jonathan Moyer will be playing the organ on tonight’s concert, and he will serve as the performer judge. (Rudolf Kamper will perform the music box parts.)
Jonathan William Moyer maintains a dynamic career as organist, pianist, harpsichordist, and conductor. He is the music director and organist of the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, OH, where he directs a semiprofessional choir, handbells, children’s music program, and concert series. Critics have described his playing as “ever-expressive, stylish, and riveting.” He has performed throughout the northeastern United States, Europe, and Japan, including such venues as Washington National Cathedral, Princeton University Chapel, St. Thomas Episcopal Church (NYC), the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove (NJ), numerous British cathedrals, as well as the Dvorak Spring Festival in Prague and Vienna. He has performed with such ensembles as the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins University Chorale, and the Cantate Chamber Singers of Washington, DC. He has performed piano and chamber music recitals at the La Gesse Music Festival in Toulouse, France and Weill Recital Hall in New York City. He is a member of the critically acclaimed early music vocal ensemble Quire Cleveland.
Throughout 2008 he performed the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in four recitals at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, MD, celebrating the centenary of the composer’s birth and the renovation of the cathedral’s organ. The Baltimore Sun, said of his second recital, “Moyer revealed the composer’s musical genius as vividly as his spiritual richness, taking full advantage of the cathedral’s Shantz organ. …Passages of rapt reflection were shaped with a keen sense of import.”
In 2008, he received the second prize in the Sixth International Musashino Organ Competition in Tokyo, Japan, and in 2005 he was one of four finalists in the St. Albans International Organ Competition. He has served as sub-dean for the Baltimore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and served on the steering committee for the 2007 AGO Region III Convention in Baltimore. He currently serves on the executive committee of the Cleveland Chapter, AGO.
Dr. Moyer has served as an opera coach/accompanist for the Peabody Opera Department, Baltimore Opera Company, Opera Vivente (Baltimore), the Baltimore School for the Arts, and the Washington, DC Wagner Society. He appears frequently as accompanist for art song and opera recitals.
Dr. Moyer is currently pursuing an artist diploma at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of James David Christie. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ as a student of Donald Sutherland from the Peabody Conservatory of Music (Baltimore, MD), where he received both a Graduate Performance Diploma in organ and a Master’s degree in piano as a student of Ann Schein. While at Peabody he studied harpsichord with Webb Wiggins and served as graduate assistant choral conductor to Edward Polochick. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano from Bob Jones University where he studied with Laurence Morton. He has attended organ festivals throughout Europe and has coached with such organists as Susan Landale, Marie-Claire Alain, Olivier Latry, Guy Bovet, Michael Radulescu, and Gillian Weir.
He resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio, along with his wife, Kaori Hongo, and two sons, Christopher and Samuel.