Midday Music for Organ, March 28th: Jonathan Schakel and Tudor Organ Music

Cornell doctoral student Jonathan Schakel will present a recital of music from the famous collection of Tudor keyboard music, the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, in Sage Chapel on Wednesday, March 27th at 12:30pm. Jonathan will be playing Cornell’s original early 18th-century Italian organ, whose mean-tone temperament and subtle sounds reveal the character, diversity and depth of this extraordinary repertoire. The program includes two Fantasias by William Byrd, as well as his energetic ‘Queene’s Alman’ and ‘La Volta,’ along with music Giles Farnaby’s ‘Dreame’ and ‘His Rest’, and the monumental Felix namque of Thomas Tallis.

Jonathan Schakel

Jonathan Schakel has given organ recitals in many of the United States, Scotland, the Netherlands, and Germany, including performances at Harvard University; Princeton University; Trinity Church, Boston; the Ludgerikirche, Norden, Germany; and St. Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh.  He also performs frequently in chamber concerts on harpsichord, fortepiano, and organ, often with his wife, soprano Megan Sharp.  His editions of Renaissance vocal music have been performed in the US, England and Germany.  Together he and Megan direct the music program at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he plays an organ in north German baroque style by Taylor & Boody Organbuilders.

Jonathan is a native of Holland, Michigan, where he began playing music at an early age.  He studied piano with Thomas Gouwens and guitar with Paul Vondiziano, and later also took voice lessons with Drew Minter and Sally Sanford.  After an undergraduate degree from Hope College (Holland, MI), he began organ studies with James David Christie and Peter Kranefoed.  He earned a master’s degree in organ and early music from Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA), studying organ and harpsichord with Peter Sykes and continuo with Frances Conover Fitch.  He has pursued further studies with Lorenzo Ghielmi, Luigi Ferdianando Tagliavini, and Olivier Latry, and has participated in the summer organ academies in Smarano, Italy; Haarlem, the Netherlands; and at McGill University in Montreal.  He is currently pursuing a DMA in performance practice at Cornell University.

Free and open to the public.