A Brief Biography
Born on the East Side of Manhattan. Baptized at the (Catholic) Church of
the Epiphany. Raised in Gramercy Park (literally!). Both sides of family
have deep historic roots in Manhattan. Long associations with Water Mill,
LI, the North Shore, and Madison CT as well. Family moved to Port
Washington, Long Island.
High School: Saint Mary's Boys' High School, Manhasset LI. Graduated
with A+ average, highest honors, Spanish prize.
Began piano lessons the summer before twelfth grade with Mrs. Grace
Kromer of Port Washington.
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Cathedral College of the Immaculate
Conception, Douglaston NY.
After a few years living and working on the South Fork of Long
Island---engaged in Catholic sacred music, high school music directing,
extensive Boy Scout leadership work---moved to Chicago.
Master of Arts with honors, English language and literature. The University
of Chicago. Master's thesis concerned the translation of Pablo Neruda by
W. S. Merwin. Awarded full fellowship for PhD in English.
PhD course work and oral exams followed, then a new direction into music
Began formal organ study concurrently with English PhD...not earlier.
Master of Music, with honors, Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt
University. (CMC is now called Chicago College of the Performing Arts.)
Associate of the American Guild of Organists, Associateship Prize and S.
Lewis Elmer Prize, June 1997.
Full teaching fellowship to the School of Music of Indiana University.
Doctor of Music program, minor fields in Theory and History, half-time
appointment as Associate Instructor in Music Theory.
Taught T231 and T232; led T232 as Skills Coordinator.
Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, June 1999.
Graduated Doctor of Music December 2001.
Returned to New York City, engaged in a wide range of sacred and concert
music, writing and teaching. Active in genealogical societies and American
Mensa, as well as American Guild of Organists.
Saint Wilfrid Club in the City of New York, 2002.
Fellow, Trinity College London, 2003.
Choirmaster, American Guild of Organists, 2009.
Jonathan B. Hall
Musician and Writer