Jonathan B. Hall
Musician and Writer
Doctor of Music, Organ Performance and Literature, with minor fields in Theory and History,
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, 2001. Doctoral essay: The Stained-Glass
Zimbelstern: An Inquiry Into the Life and Music of Calvin Hampton.
Master of Music, with honors, Chicago College of the Performing Arts of Roosevelt University,
Master of Arts, English language and literature, with honors, The University of Chicago,
1985. PhD coursework and oral exams completed, 1992.
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception,
Douglaston, NY, 1982. English literature and philosophy.
Certifications and Awards
Choirmaster of the American Guild of Organists, 2009
Fellow of Trinity College, London, 2003
Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, 1999
Associate of the American Guild of Organists, 1997. Associateship Prize and S. Lewis Elmer
Prize for, respectively, highest scores in the nation in exam category and overall.
Adjunct Faculty, Steinhardt School of NYU, 2011-present.
—Have taught Aural Comp I, II, and IV, and Music Criticism (graduate course).
Skills Coordinator for T231 and T232
—Skills Coordinator, T232, 1998-2000. Responsible for management and oversight of core
course in advanced tonal ear-training. Revised course packet, developed syllabus, prepared
examinations, assigned Drill Instructor team to drill sections, delivered twice-weekly plenary
lectures. Directly reported to Professor Mary Wennerstrom.
Associate Instructor, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, 1997-2000.
—Drill Instructor, T231 and 232, 1997-1998.
—Faculty Member, The Fairview Studios, Indianapolis, 1997-2000. Piano and organ teacher
for large community music program on north side of Indianapolis.
—Extensive, ongoing experience as private teacher of organ and piano; have successfully
coached students with conservatory auditions and Guild certification exams.
Sacred Music Work
Calvin Hampton: A Musician Without Borders (Colfax, NC: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2010), 392
pp. Major biography of innovative New York organist and composer, Calvin Hampton (1938-
1984). Based on first part of Indiana dissertation.
Regular contributor to The American Organist, official journal of the American Guild of
Articles in The Diapason; Bach Notes (American Bach Society); The Tracker (Organ Historical
Society); Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians; Episcopal New Yorker.
Journalistic pieces and/or reviews in Brooklyn Daily Eagle; Mensa Journal; Choral Journal;
Short organ compositions for church and teaching purposes in The Keyboardist’s Year and The
Music Editor for Transcontinental Music, Union for Reform Judaism, NYC. Edited several
volumes of Jewish liturgical music, arranged a number of songs for keyboard, gave
workshops at cantorial conventions.
Editorial work for Professional Certification Committee, American Guild of Organists: edited
2010 and 2013 editions of Examination Hymn Booklet. A major professional undertaking
involving extensive research, collaboration, securing of copyrights, and so forth.
—Metropolitan Museum of Art “Audio-Guide” system. Featured keyboardist demonstrating the
historic pianos and fortepianos in the collection, including 1721 Cristofori, 1792 Graf, others.
—In Perfect Peace, demonstration CD for 1880 Odell organ at St. Charles Borromeo Church,
Recitals and Concert Work
Numerous recitals of note in the United States and abroad. Solo organ recitals in London,
Oxford, Edinburgh, Cologne, Moscow, Singapore, elsewhere. Many noted venues in the
United States, including Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue, Holy Name
Cathedral (Chicago), Fourth Presbyterian Church (Chicago), Holy Angels Cathedral (Gary IN),
Christ Church Cathedral (Indianapolis), Saint Mary’s Cathedral (San Francisco), Saint Mark’s
Episcopal Church (Berkeley CA), many others.
Recitals for local and national gatherings of the Organ Historical Society, Chicago (1997 and
2002) and Manhattan (2008).
Concertize with classical saxophonist Bill Powers as the Powers and Hall Duo. The Duo
commissioned the Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Organ (2006), by David Hurd. World
premiere given at the World Saxophone Congress in Ljubljana, 2006.
Memberships and Service
–American Guild of Organists, Director, Committee on Professional Certification; service on
behalf of this committee since 2007, membership on Committee since 2013, direcgtor since
—Member, the American Society of Composers, Arrangers, and Publishers of Music (ASCAP)
—Member, The Society of Pi Kappa Lambda
—Member, The St. Wilfrid Club in the City of New York (by election, for leading practitioners of
organ and sacred music in New York City and immediate environs)
—Member, the American Guild of Organists. Extensive history of service includes:
–Served on Exhibits Committee, 2007 Regional Convention in New York City.
–Past Dean of Brooklyn Chapter of AGO.
–Newsletter editor and/or webmaster for Brooklyn, New York City, Bloomington IN, and
Chicago Chapters, 1996-2014. Have held every Chapter office save Treasurer.
—Past member of American Mensa and current member of several genealogical
organizations, including the Society of Colonial Wars and Sons of the American Revolution.
—Past member of Toastmasters International. Advanced Leader Bronze and Advanced