Organist Jonathan Wessler to perform March 3 recital

Organ Recital Series concert: Jonathan Wessler, organist
Date and time: Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 4 p.m.
Location: Rieth Recital Hall, Goshen College Music Center
Cost: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, available at the door beginning one hour before the concert. GC faculty/staff/students free with valid ID

Jonathan Wessler, an accomplished young organist from Cambridge, Mass., will present a concert of organ music in Goshen College’s Rieth Recital Hall on Sunday, March 3 at 4 p.m.

Wessler’s program will feature works for organ by J.S. Bach, Scheidt, Scheidemann, Hindemith, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Böhm. Wessler will present his recital on Goshen College’s Taylor & Boody pipe organ, a 1600-pipe tracker instrument which was dedicated in 2005.

Wessler serves as the Assistant Organist at St. Paul’s Church and Choir School in Cambridge, Mass. His duties include accompanying the famous Choir of Boys and Men at Mass, directing the St. Paul Parish Choir and teaching music theory and handbells in the Choir School. In 2011, he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music. He previously earned the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Master of Sacred Music degree from the University of Notre Dame. He has studied with Sherry Seckler, Christiaan Teeuwsen, David Boe, Craig Cramer and William Porter. In addition, he has performed in master classes for Marie-Louise Langlais, Daniel Roth, Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, Hans Fagius and Jon Laukvik. Wessler holds the colleague certificate from the American Guild of Organists and was a finalist in the 2007 Arthur Poister Organ Competition. He has served as the principal continuo player for the Peoria Bach Festival in Peoria, Ill., where he also has been a featured performer on the organ and the harpsichord. Wessler is a six-year alumnus of the acclaimed Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. He lives in suburban Boston with his wife, Joy, and their two children.