Jonathan B. Hall is a native of Manhattan and has lived on Long
Island as well as Chicago, Indiana, and New Jersey. He is now once
again a resident of New York, making his home upstate near the
famed "Black Dirt Country" and the Appalachian Trail.
His gifts are in literature and music. He holds degrees in both fields,
including the Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from
the University of Chicago and the Doctor of Music from the Jacobs
School of Music of Indiana University, Bloomington. His master's
thesis was on issues of poetic translation, with special reference to
English translations of Pablo Neruda. His dissertation was on the
New York City organist and composer, Calvin Hampton.
Dr. Hall is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, a Fellow of
Trinity College, London, and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and the
St. Wilfrid Club. He is a member of ASCAP as well, with several
compositions in print. He belongs to several hereditary societies,
reflecting his passion for genealogy and interest in American history.
He is also, as it happens, a lapsed Mensa member, and a keen
An active writer, Dr. Hall has published many articles and reviews in
musical journals such as The American Organist, The Diapason,
Choral Journal, and The Tracker. His dissertation was the basis of
his first book, Calvin Hampton: A Musician Without Borders, a
biography of the noted New York organist and composer. He has
also published essays and poetry. He is also an accomplished
speaker of Esperanto.
Jonathan B. Hall
Musician and Writer