Under the direction of BW Conservatory organ and harpsichord faculty member Jonathan Moyer, the organ program offers students the opportunity to focus on a variety of keyboard skills. Organ literature, technique, memorization, signt-reading, chamber music, and accompanying are among the topics addressed. Organ participants receive five 45-minute private organ lessons in addition to two 30-minute private lessons on a secondary instrument of their choosing (choices include: harpsichord, piano or voice). In addition to music theory and Solfège classes, students participate in master classes and the Institute Singers. Organ students will have access to the wide collection of organs at the BW Conservatory of Music for practice and exploration. All organ participants perform in a recital on the final Friday evening of SMI.
Organ Artist Faculty
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.
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.