For many years now South Parish Congregational Church and its fine organist, Jay Zoller, have shared their magnificent organ with the public in a special holiday concert featuring the Downeast Brass Quintet. Again this year they invited Concerts at Jewett to make that joyous event our December concert. We are delighted to co-sponsor this event this season.The Downeast Brass Quintet
Jay Zoller, organ
Mr. Jay Zoller is the South Parish Congregational Church organist and plays the historic 1866 E. & G. G. Hook Organ for services and concerts. He comes to South Parish with long experience in church music and recital playing.
Mr. Zoller completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire with a major in applied organ and composition, studying organ with Professor Irving Bartley and Dr. Peter Waring. He holds the Master of Theology degree from the School of Theology at Boston University where he studied with Dr. Max Miller. He is a past Dean of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is now a member of the Portland Chapter. He is also a member of the Organ Historical Society, the American Bach Society, and The Association of Anglican Musicians.
Mr. Zoller has also studied with Professor Heinz Wunderlich of Hamburg, Germany and has performed many of Wunderlich's organ compositions in recital. In addition to writing major articles about Professor Wunderlich for The American Organist, the Diapason and Choir and Organ magazines, Jay has played in all-Wunderlich recitals in Hamburg, Germany in 1999, 2004 and in 2009. He is also a regular contributor to the Diapason, having written articles on the organs of South Korea, the playing of Felix Mendelssohn's entire organ works, and the story of an American organ which made a trip to Germany. In addition, he writes reviews of organ music, books and CD's for the journal.
Mr. Zoller is a retired designer for the Andover Organ Company and resides in Newcastle, Maine with his wife Rachel.
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