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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.
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