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					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.