Jason Kissel, Organ RHEINBERGER: Concerto for Organ in G Major Sunday, June 6, 2010 (3PM) Jason Kissel is Director of Music and Organist at The First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland, where he conducts the church's semi-professional adult choir and presents masterworks of organ literature on a weekly basis. In 2007, he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with and served as teaching assistant to Donald Sutherland. Dr. Kissel was also a recipient of the James Winship Lewis Memorial Award for his contributions to the educational and musical life of the Peabody community. Between 2004 and 2008, Dr. Kissel served as the elected Dean of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio in Baltimore, Dr. Kissel has held teaching positions at The Pennsylvania State University (State College Campus), Chatham College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Dr. Kissel has also served in musical leadership positions at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Dr. Kissel earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Organ Performance and Sacred Music from Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, respectively; during this time he also pursued intensive study in choral conducting and literature. Dr. Kissel's professional engagements include serving on the faculty of the 2007 Presbyterian Association of Musicians Westminster Conference as service organist and recitalist, and the accompanying of five European choral tours with performances on the pipe organs at Westminster Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral, Wells Cathedral and other notable venues. In 2004, he toured Korea and the United States as guest organist with the concert choir of the Young Nak Presbyterian Church, Seoul, Korea. Dr. Kissel's recital highlights include a solo performance at the Washington National Cathedral that was broadcast over radio station WQED, Pittsburgh and performing Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Percussion and Strings and Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 with members of the Peabody Symphony. Dr. Kissel has been presented in recital at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, in addition to appearing as recitalist on numerous church concert series. Among other honors, Dr. Kissel received the 2004 Outstanding Young Alumni Award for professional accomplishment from Westminster College.