Jonathan M. Gregoire
Praised for his "top notch technique and musicianship" by the Dallas Morning News, Dr. Jonathan M. Gregoire serves as the Senior Organist, Curator for the sanctuary’s impressive Létourneau Organ, Op. 87, and Director of the Academy of Music at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano. He has expanded the music program by establishing an annual spring organ recital series at St. Andrew, drawing audiences from both the church and the greater community. Dr. Gregoire is in high demand as a collaborative artist because of his versatility and virtuosity, serving as organist for the Plano Symphony Orchestra and Plano Civic Chorus, in addition to his work at Plano West Senior High School to support and encourage future artists.
Dr. Gregoire has performed in many noted venues throughout the United States, such as the Basilica of St. Mary’s in Minneapolis, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, both of Kansas City, as well as Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. His international performances include Notre Dame de Bon Voyage in Cannes, France, the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, the Kaliningrad Cathedral in Russia, and the Marktkirche in Halle, Germany. He was a performer for the Organ Historical Society’s 2017 National Convention in Minnesota, where his “engaging recital” was “played with unfailing energy, drive, and expression” giving “full justice to its complexity” (The Tracker, Winter 2018). In the Fall of 2016, he was a selected performer for a Pipedreams Live! event at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, in which Theater Jones claimed him as having "represented the new generation of virtuosi" and remarked on "the huge cheer that went up from his claque in the balcony when his name was announced [that] was unequalled all afternoon" noting "once he started to play, it was easy to understand their excitement." In the spring of 2017, Dr. Gregoire won the Concerto Competition at Southern Methodist University, performing the second and fourth movements of Joseph Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Gregoire was a finalist in the 2014 Pistoia International Organ Competition in Italy and he was named Diploma Laureate in the 2013 Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition, where he received special prize “Shabyt” for a solo recital and CD engagement at the Astana Organ Hall in Kazakhstan. His performances can be heard on Pipedreams from American Public Media, and weekend services at St. Andrew United Methodist Church can be streamed live at standrewumc.org.
An advocate for new music, Dr. Gregoire gave the world premiere of the Preludes and Fugues in Ab Major and F Minor by American composer, Henry Martin, which are part of a larger collection of 24 preludes and fugues, commissioned by Michael Barone, host of American Public Media’s program Pipedreams. Through the generous support of members of St. Andrew, he commissioned and worked closely with American composer Douglas Pew for a Christmas-themed concerto for organ and orchestra. The work, A Very Merry Rhapsody, was premiered December 2015 as part of the large-scale annual Christmas program, “Christmas at St. Andrew” to an enthusiastic standing ovation. In 2008, he premiered Praise! for organ and steel drum, part of the Minnesota Organ Book, commissioned for the National American Guild of Organists Convention in Minneapolis. The work was also recorded and is included in the publication through Augsburg Fortress.
Dr. Gregoire earned his D.M.A. in organ performance from Arizona State University, where he worked with Dr. Kimberly Marshall. He served as Dr. Marshall’s research assistant and aided her work on an organ encyclopedia. While a student at ASU he also worked as CD reviewer for the Organ Historical Society and reviewer for the e-publication, Timbres, for the Orgelpark in Amsterdam. His final project, “Toward a ‘Green’ Organ: Sustainability and Organ Building” combined a personal passion and school-sponsored initiative of sustainability in researching methods organ builders use to directly and indirectly promote sustainable practices in organ building. The project garnered the attention and publicity from the institution, as well as publication of part one in the Spring 2015 issue of The Tracker by the Organ Historical Society.
Dr. Gregoire pursued post-doctoral studies as a student of Professor Stefan Engels at Southern Methodist University in the highly selective Artist Diploma program, where he was also the teaching assistant for the department. He was awarded the Roy and Sue Johnson Award in Organ or Sacred Music in Memory of Robert T. Anderson, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the department. He holds additional degrees in organ performance from the University of Kansas (M.M.), where he was inducted into the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key International Honor Society; St. John’s University (B.A. summa cum laude), where he was named a Presser Scholar, which is given to one student each year by the music faculty for exceptional work within the department; and his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he graduated Salutatorian and received the coveted Young Artist Award as well as Academic Awards in Mathematics and Chemistry. In addition to being a frequent recitalist and guest clinician as part of the Interlochen Arts Camp Summer Organ Series, he was invited as a featured performer for the Interlochen Arts Academy’s 50th Anniversary Collage Concert. His instructors include Dr. Kimberly Marshall, Dr. James Higdon, Dr. Michael Bauer, Dr. Kim Kasling, and Mr. Thomas Bara.
For additional resources, including audio links, please visit: jonathangregoire.com