National City Christian Church
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
John A. Wolfe, Organist


Music at Midday is proud to be presenting twice-weekly virtual concerts, today featuring organist John A. Wolfe. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Wolfe and all the wonderful musicians who have contributed recordings of their performances to make possible these virtual concerts.

Instructions: Make sure that the volume on your computer is turned on, then click on the title of each piece below to hear it.




Toccata in D Minor “Dorian,” BWV 538 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Fugue in D minor “Dorian” BWV 538 – Johann Sebastian Bach

“Adoro Te” from the “Livre du Saint Sacrement” – Olivier Messiaen (1908-1922)


John A. Wolfe is a New York City-based organist, choral conductor and music educator. Recent performance highlights have included the 2018 Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, CO, the Sunday Afternoon Kilgen Organ Recital Series at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC, the Bach Meditations series at Grace Episcopal Church in NYC, solo recitals at Central Synagogue in NYC, a performance as featured soloist with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, and an appearance on the 2017 Naxos Records release Songs of Peace and Praise: Choral Music from Queens College. Dr. Wolfe is a 2016 recipient of the Organ Historical Society’s E. Power Biggs Fellowship, and serves as the Dean of the American Guild of Organists Brooklyn Chapter. In 2019 he became the Organist and Director of Music at the historic St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, NY, where he performs on the church’s 1999 Rev. Dr. John Milton Coleman Memorial Organ by Guilbault-Thérien.

In January 2018, Wolfe earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance at Rutgers University. While working towards his doctorate he studied with Professor Renée Anne Louprette and performed with the Rutgers Baroque Players, Rutgers Medieval Ensemble and Rutgers Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and participated in master classes with Michel Bouvard, James David Christie, Matteo Imbruno, Nathan Laube, Kimberly Marshall, Alan Morrison and Gordon Turk. Dr. Wolfe was the recipient of Rutgers University’s Drinkwater and Shaw organ scholarships, and the Elizabeth Wyckoff Durham award for academic distinction and excellence in organ or piano performance. He also holds a Master’s Degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where he studied with Professor Walter Klauss and earned the Maynard Walker Organ Award, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College, where he studied with Professor Gail Archer. While working towards his Bachelor’s Degree he additionally studied in Prague, Czech Republic via New York University. Dr. Wolfe is a native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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