Jacobs Organ Academy

Jacobs Organ Academy


Bruce Neswick

Christopher Young
Professor of Music (Organ)

Janette Fishell

Janette Fishell
Professor of Music (Organ); Chair, Organ Department
carr Vincent Carr
Associate Professor of Music (Organ)
Fischer Patrick Fischer
Organ Construction and Academy Instrumental Curator
kalis.jpg Dawn Kalis
Adjunct Lecturer in Music (Harpsichord)


Christopher Young
A native of New England, Jacobs School of Music Professor Christopher Young is the winner of the 1988 National Young Artists Competition (NYACOP) of the American Guild of Organists and the 1988 Arthur Poister Competition (Syracuse University). He was also recognized by Musical America as one of their outstanding Young Artists of 1989. His concert career began under the auspices of a special young artist program provided by Karen McFarlane Artists, and continued under the Young Organists Cooperative, of which he was a co-director until 1993.

Dr. Young has been a featured artist at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists. He has been heard as a featured performer on American Public Media's "Pipedreams" and has appeared in concert with the Rochester (MN) Chamber Chorale, the Minneapolis Chamber Symphony and with his wife, violinist Brenda Brenner. His compact disc, "To Thee All Angels Cry Aloud," was released on the Pro Organo label.

In addition to concertizing, Young presents master classes, workshops, and lectures. He has given classes and performances at several church music clinics, including the Montreat Conference on Music and Worship, the St. Olaf Conference on Music and Theology, and the national convention of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. He has presented at several AGO National Pedagogy Conferences, as well national and regional conventions of the AGO.

Several presentations have focused on electronic media, including a virtual tour of North German Organs, interactive analyses of organ music, and the theoretical underpinnings to the organ music of Olivier Messiaen. Dr. Young serves as organist of First Presbyterian Church, Bloomington.

Dr. Young began organ lessons under the tutelage of Marion Anderson while a freshman at Bates College in Lewiston, ME, where, in 1982 he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors in Music. A graduate of The Eastman School of Music, he earned the MM and DMA degrees and the prestigious Performer's Certificate under David Craighead and Russell Saunders.

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Janette Fishell
Janette Fishell is Professor of Organ and Chair of the Organ Department at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where she teaches applied organ and leads an active department numbering five faculty and approximately fifty organ majors in residence. Holding degrees in organ performance from Indiana University and Northwestern University, she is a recitalist and teacher of international standing. Her students have distinguished themselves in academia, concerts and in competitions in the US and Europe, placing as semi-finalists, finalists and prizewinners at the Poister Competition, Schweitzer Competition, AGO Regional Competition for Young Organists, Austria’s Franz Schmidt Competition, Concours de Chartres and the International Marchal Competition in Biarritz. Her former students successfully serve in churches and on university faculties throughout the US and Asia. A regular performer in many of the world’s greatest concert venues, published author of numerous articles and a book on service playing published by Abingdon Press, a composer whose choral and organ music is published by Morning Star Music, St. James Press and Wayne Leupold Editions, and recording artist, she is widely recognized as a leading authority on the organ music of Czech composer Petr Eben and has recently completed a multi-year performance project in which she performed the complete organ works of J.S. Bach.

Serving as a church organist from the age of eleven, Dr. Fishell credits Dr. Wilma Jensen, her teacher at Indiana University School of Music, mentor, and colleague in several churches, with inspiring her development as a church musician. From 1989 to 2008 she headed the Organ Performance and Sacred Music degree programs at East Carolina University where she founded the East Carolina Religious Arts Festival, an annual conference dedicated to the creation and sustenance of excellence in the sacred arts. As Director of Music/ Principal Organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenville, NC for nineteen years she oversaw the development of a vibrant choral program made possible by a talented group of committed musicians. Under her leadership the St. Paul’s Choir produced a critically acclaimed compact disc, “Love Bade Me Welcome,” and undertook two successful tours of England, singing week-long residencies at the cathedrals of Gloucester and Canterbury, with other performances at Christ Church, Oxford and St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. She remains Director of Music Emerita at St. Paul’s. Upon her move to the Jacobs School of Music she served as Interim Organist at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, Indianapolis, and is now Artist-in-Residence at that institution. In May, 2014 she will receive the Paul Creston Award from New York City’s St. Malachy’s Roman Catholic Church, an award presented annually to “a distinguished artist who embodies the Creston Creed, excellence in the arts, and is a significant figure in church music and the performing arts.”

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Vincent Carr
Vincent Carr is associate professor of music in organ at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Carr is an organist, conductor, and composer currently based in the New York City Metropolitan area. Known for his versatility as a performer, he leads an eclectic musical career, with interests in sacred music, choral repertoire, chamber music, contemporary American repertoire, musical theater, global popular music, and songwriting.

He serves as associate organist and choirmaster at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York. Since 2009, he has been an adjunct professor at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey.

Carr earned both a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Spanish from Indiana University. At IU, he studied organ with Larry Smith, harpsichord with Elisabeth Wright, and improvisation and church music with John Schwandt and Marilyn Keiser.

A graduate of the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, Carr studied organ performance there with Martin Jean, improvisation with William Porter and Jeffrey Brillhart, and choral conducting with Jeffrey Douma.

He has been an award winner in several national performance and improvisation competitions and is in high demand as a clinician, lecturer, and performer. From 2006 to 2013, he served as associate organist at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey, one of the largest gothic cathedrals in the Americas. He has performed and studied throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America (including the Republic of Cuba).

Carr is an associate and choirmaster of the American Guild of Organists and serves as a member of the Board of Examiners. In 2013, he took a sabbatical in Europe, studying composition in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger at the Schola Cantorum de Paris through the European American Musical Alliance. In 2014, he served as musical director for a new production of Ruddigore for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, England. An active collaborative musician, he has performed extensively with the renowned Richard Alston Dance Company in both London and New York City.

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Patrick Fischer
Patrick J. Fischer is academic specialist and organ curator at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

An accomplished organist and church musician, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organ and Church Music degree, summa cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. He won the American Guild of Organists Twin Cities Undergraduate Organ Competition in 1995. His teachers include David Fienen and Gregory Peterson.

Fischer's career in organ building began with Charles Hendrickson and Co. in 1997. He was an organ builder and reed voicer with C. B. Fisk, Inc., from 1999 to 2006, where he participated in the installation and voicing of Fisk’s magnum opus at Lausanne Cathedral in Lausanne, Switzerland, the first American organ in a European cathedral. His passion for the Germanic tradition in organ building led him to work with Richards, Fowkes & Co. of Ooltewah, Tenn., in 2006. The firm's celebrated project at St. George’s Church, Hanover Square in London, England, is the first American organ in a London church.

Fischer’s work as a reed voicer can be heard throughout the United States in churches, colleges, and universities. He has been a presenter for the American Guild of Organists Pipe Organ Encounters and for the American Institute of Organ Builders.

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Dawn Kalis

Dawn Kalis is adjunct lecturer in harpsichord at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

She earned a Doctor of Music degree from the Jacobs School’s Historical Performance Institute and Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Kalis is artistic director of the baroque ensemble Les Muses du Dauphin. The group’s 2015-16 activities include a concert of early Italian music in tandem with the Annibale Carraci exhibit at the Indiana University Art Museum and presenting the music series “From the Old World to the New” at IU’s Wylie House Museum. The series includes music from the French Baroque and the American Revolution. She will be joining the Bach Collegium of Ft. Wayne, Ind., during its Baroque Festival in February. Performances there include two harpsichord works as well as the oratorio Die Israeliten in der Wüste by C. P. E. Bach.

Kalis has received numerous awards, including the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for study in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for study in Paris, France. She gives master classes, recitals, and lecture-recitals at universities and colleges throughout the United States as well as harpsichord demonstrations for the National Guild of Organists and various piano guilds.

Her doctoral document, “Early French Keyboard Music: A Historic Journey,” is a resource that provides an anthology of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French harpsichord music presented in tandem with cultural, musical, and historical information. Its presentation is enhanced with over 250 musical examples and visual images, introducing students of early keyboard literature to the world of the French Baroque.

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