ORGANIST AND DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
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Jonathan William Moyer maintains a dynamic career as church musician, concert organist, and pedagogue. The Baltimore Sun described his playing as “ever-expressive, stylish, and riveting.” He is music director and organist of the Church of the Covenant and is an assistant professor of organ at Oberlin College. He specializes in a vast repertoire from the renaissance to the 21st century, and has performed throughout the United States, and in Europe and Japan, including such venues as Wellesley College, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC), Washington National Cathedral, Princeton University Chapel, College of the Holy Cross (Worcester), Old West Church (Boston), St. Thomas Episcopal Church (NYC), Gloucester and Norwich Cathedrals (UK), the Musashino Civic Cultural Hall (Tokyo), and the Dvorak Spring Festival in Prague and Vienna. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, The Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, The Oberlin Symphony Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), Quire Cleveland, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, and the Cantate Chamber Singers of Washington DC.
Daniel Hathaway of Cleveland Classical.com wrote of Moyer’s dedication recital of the Church of the Covenant’s Newberry organ: “Moyer skillfully chose registrations that showed the range of color the instrument can produce and suited them perfectly to the music at hand. . . His runs were thrilling and his sense of pace made the piece (Muffat’s Toccata Quinta) sound suitably rhetorical. . . Bach’s canonic setting Dies sind die heil’gen zehn Gebot and the long setting of Komm, Heiliger Geist with the choral in the soprano were elegantly and flawlessly played. . . It’s delightful to hear an organ recital where everything seems so right and the playing so much in the service of the instrument and the repertoire.”
In 2008, Moyer 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 genious as vividly as his spiritual richness, taking full advantage of the cathedral’s Schantz organ. . . Passages of rapt reflection were shaped with a keen sense of import.”
Dr. Moyer received the second prize in the Sixth International Musashino Organ Competition in Tokyo, Japan in 2008, and in 2005 he was a finalist in the St. Albans International Organ Competition. He has served on the executive committees of the Cleveland and Baltimore chapters of the American Guild of Organists. He has adjudicated for the American Guild of Organists Quimby Young Artist Competition and the National Organ Playing Competition in Fort Wayne, IN.
At the Church of the Covenant, Dr. Moyer oversees a dynamic music program consisting of a mixed professional and amateur choir, children’s, youth and handbell choirs, one of Cleveland’s largest pipe organs (E.M. Skinner/Aeolian Kinner/Holtkamp), the New berry baroque organ (Richards Fowkes), and a 47-bell Eijsbouts Dutch carillon.
Dr. Moyer holds an Artist Diploma in organ from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of James David Christie and Olivier Latry. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in organ from the Peabody Conservatory of Music (Baltimore) as a student of Donald Sutherland and Gillian Weir, where he also completed 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 s a student of Laurence Morton. He has attended organ festivals throughout Europe and has coached with such organists as Susan Landale, Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, and Michael Radulescu. Dur Moyer resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio, along with his wife, organist Dr. Kaori Hongo, and sons, Christopher Sho and Samuel Kazu.