Jonathan M. Gregoire
Dr. Jonathan M. Gregoire is founder and executive director of the Arts Foundation of St. Andrew and organist at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas. Launched in fall 2019, the Arts Foundation of St. Andrew operates under the mission of “enriching spirituality through the power of the arts.” With five distinct wings, the Arts Foundation promotes arts education, performing arts, visual arts, language arts, and community arts. Full details of program initiatives and current offerings can be found at standrewumc.org/arts.
Praised for his "top notch technique and musicianship" by The Dallas Morning News, Gregoire has performed in many noted venues throughout the United States and international performances in France, German, Italy, Russia and the Netherlands. His performance for the Organ Historical Society’s 2017 National Convention in Minnesota was dubbed an “engaging recital … played with unfailing energy, drive, and expression … (giving) full justice to its complexity” (The Tracker, Winter 2018). In fall 2016, he was a selected performer for a Pipedreams Live! event at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, in which TheaterJones 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 spring 2017, 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. 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, streamed live at www.standrewumc.org.
An advocate for new music, 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 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, 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.
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, a publication of 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 used by organ builders to directly and indirectly promote sustainable practices in building organs. The project garnered 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.
Gregoire pursued post-doctoral studies as a student of Stefan Engels, Leah Young Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance and Professor of Organ, at Southern Methodist University in the highly selective Artist Diploma program, where Gregoire 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 as 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: www.jonathangregoire.com