Jonathan Hall was named Director of the Committee on Professional
Certification, American Guild of Organists. Continued to publish reviews,
teach, and play the organ.
Hall participated in the national AGO convention, and gave his paper "Who
Framed Bach's Toccata? A Study in the Sublime" to an appreciative audience.
He also reviewed a large portion of the convention for The Diapason. His
ongoing work at AGO, NYU, and Central Church continued. He also earned a
Grade 6 With Distinction in Recorder from Trinity College London. Grade 6 is
roughly equivalent to an entering college freshman.
During 2014, JH also stepped aside as a representative for Trinity, and
began a "sabbatical" from his work proctoring the Mensa admission exams.
Lastly, he earned the Competent Communicator certificate from
Toastmasters International, was voted Vice President for Public Relations of
his club, and took first and second prizes in club, district, and area speech
May 13, 2013: Jonathan Hall has been invited to give a paper at the 2014
Boston AGO convention. The topic will concern C. H. Dretzel, J. S. Bach,
BWV565, and the Musical Sublime.
May 10, 2013: Jonathan Hall has been appointed to the Professional
Certification Committee, a committee of the American Guild of Organists
devoted to the Guild's extensive certification program. Jonathan is honored
and pleased to be able to be of service in this area. His record of service to
this program is extensive: he has just finished work on a new edition of the
Examination Hymn Booklet, the standard hymn resource used in these
exams. He has also contributed articles frequently, at the request of the
Committee, to the American Organist, dealing with various required organ
and choral works.
January 7, 2013: Jonathan Hall has been invited to participate in Daily
Edventures, a blog created by Anthony Salito of Microsoft. This project is
intended to highlight the work of educators worldwide. In conjunction with
this, Jonathan has begun a YouTube channel, to which he may post from
time to time. Look for it here.
January, 2013: Jonathan is hard at work preparing the rededication
program for the wonderful 1901 William Pilcher organ he documented a few
years ago. This little rarity, discovered by Keith Bigger (curator of the Steere
organ at the Brooklyn Baptist Temple) has since been purchased, renovated,
and donated to a hospital chapel in Clifton Springs, New York---not far from
Rochester. The program will take place on Friday evening, January 18, at
7:30. It will include a surprising variety of music for a small organ, and
spoken commentary. Hall will also re-visit the organ for a followup article.
January, 2013: Jonathan Hall's latest article, "BWV 565: Composer
Found?", is now in print, in the January 2013 issue of The Diapason. Other
articles are in the works on a variety of topics, as well as a number of
January, updated: Jonathan will also teach a section of Aural Comp II.
Looking forward to it!
January, 2013: This semester, Jonathan Hall will be teaching Aural
Comprehension IV at Steinhardt, as well as Music Criticism. The latter is a
graduate course, and will draw on JBH's long experience in literature and
writing as well as music. He is very much looking forward to both.
January, 2013: Jonathan has updated his website! A new feature is the
link to Facebook on the front page. Please give it a click and a "like"!
Jonathan B. Hall
Musician and Writer