Jonathan William Moyer

Jonathan William Moyer, organ

Jonathan William Moyer is the David S. Boe chair and associate professor of organ at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is organist of the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, OH. He has also been a visiting-lecturer in organ at the Hochschule für Musik in Lübeck, Germany. 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. The Baltimore Sun has described his playing as "ever-expressive, stylish, and riveting." Cleveland said of Moyer’s playing, “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.”

Recent concerts include St. Jakobikirche (Lübeck), Marienkirche (Berlin), Ludgerikirche (Norden), Laurenskerk (Alkmaar), the Marktkirchethe (Hannover), Blois Cathedral (France), and J.S. Bach’s complete Clavierübung III at the German Reformed Church in Budapest, Hungary and in Loraine, Ohio. He has performed with numerous ensembles including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Oberlin Symphony Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), Quire Cleveland, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and the Handel Choir of Baltimore.

At the Church of the Covenant, Dr. Moyer oversees two remarkable pipe organs (E.M. Skinner/Aeolian Skinner/Holtkamp and Richards Fowkes, Op. 19). His lauded CD "Voices of the Hanse," recorded on the 1637 Stellwagen organ Lübeck, Germany, was released on Gothic Records and features music from 17th-century North German sources.

Dr. Moyers holds degrees in organ and piano from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Institute of Music, and Bob Jones University. His teachers include Donald Sutherland, Gillian Weir, Olivier Latry, James David Christie, and Ann Schein. In 2008, he received the second prize in the Sixth International Musashino Organ Competition in Tokyo, Japan, and in 2005 he was a finalist in the St. Albans International Organ Competition. 

Dr. Moyer resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio, along with his wife, organist, Dr. Kaori Hongo, and sons, Christopher Sho and Samuel Kazu.