Every Tuesday, Eastman students, faculty, and alumni present free organ concerts at Christ Church in downtown Rochester. Come out on your next lunch break!
Originally from London, Alex Jones is currently studying for a Masters in Organ Performance Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York in the studio of Prof. Edoardo Bellotti.
He began his career by gaining a scholarship place to study at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, UK and was Junior Organ Scholar at Manchester Cathedral. Whilst in Manchester, he performed in the Cathedral’s concert series and made several appearances at the Bridgewater Hall and Royal Northern College of Music. He is a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, UK. In 2013, he was awarded the Anne & Don Smith Memorial Organ Scholarship to Birmingham Symphony Hall. During this tenure, he collaborated alongside a wide variety of artists and has been responsible for curating the hall’s superb Klais organ. In 2014, he was awarded the Organ Department Recital Prize and was also awarded a grant from the Birmingham Organists Association Leonard Gibbons’ Fund to aid with the completion of a new transcription for organ of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”.
In recent years, he has performed around the Netherlands making appearances at the Grote Kerk in Zwolle and the Eindhoven Muzeiksaal. He has also performed in major UK venues including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Royal Festival Hall, Westminster Central Hall and St. John Smith Square, London. He has also appeared as a guest speaker at Southbank Centre’s “Pulling out the Stops” festival celebrating the re-inauguration of the Royal Festival Hall organ.
During his time in the US he has performed at the 2016 EROI Festival and has been awarded both the Runner-Up Prize at the West Chester University International Organ Competition in Pennsylvania and the First Prize in the American Theatre Organ Society’s National Competition in Tampa, FL. He is now in demand as an active Theatre Organist, with performances at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester and the Tampa Theatre in Tampa, FL to his credit. He is now scheduled to play concerts at Balboa Park, San Diego as well as Dickinson High School in Wilmington, DE and the Warren Centre for the Performing Arts in Indianapolis next year.
Alex currently holds the position of Organist at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Rochester, NY.
John Nothaft from Vienna, Virginia, is a second year master’s student in the studio of David Higgs at The Eastman School of Music. A graduate from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Hutton Honors College, he studied with Janette Fishell. Former organ teachers include Colin Andrews, and Paul Skevington through the Potomac Organ Institute scholarship. John has studied sacred music with Bruce Neswick, Marilyn Keiser, Douglas Reed, and Robert Nicholls. He has studied piano with Marcia Chaplin and was awarded the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship. He has participated in master classes with John Ferguson, Jeremy Filsell, David Higgs, and Ben Hutto. John has attended the McGill Summer Organ Academy, Oundle Organ Festival, and Westminster Choir College Organ Institute. He has served as organ scholar for RSCM courses in Newport, RI and Houston, TX. In 2017, he was the first prize winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate Organ Competition and recipient of the NPM members scholarship. As an Oundle recital winner he performed recitals at Truro Cathedral and Chester Cathedral in the UK. He has recently performed at National City Christian in Washington, D.C, St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Louisville, KY, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, WA, St. Luke Catholic in Mclean, VA, Third Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO, and performed on Pipedreams Live for Michael Barone on Fisk Op.91 at Indiana University. He is a member of the AGO, NPM, OHS, and was recently a Biggs Fellow for the 2017 OHS convention in Minnesota. John is also an avid tennis player and USPTA-certified coach, and enjoys vocal accompaniment and reading.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Sarah Berger
is pursuing her BM in Violin Performance at Eastman School of Music.
While studying privately with Renée Jolles, she has worked various
ensembles such as the Eastman Philharmonia, Collegium Musicum, and OSSIA
New Music. In the past summer, Sarah participated in the New Mexico
Chamber Music Festival, working with members of the American String
Quartet. Additionally, she studied with William Preucil, David
Coucheron, and Jonathan Carney at Brevard Music Center.
This concert is free and open to the public.