Canon Dr. Michael Velting

Michael Velting is Canon for Music at Christ Church Cathedral, where he has been Organist and Choirmaster since 1994. Canon Velting serves as Principal Organist, Director of Cathedral Choirs and and Administrator of the Music Program at the Cathedral. Prior to assuming this position he was Assistant Organist and Choirmaster of Washington National Cathedral and Adjunct Professor of Organ at The American University in Washington, D.C.

He holds both the Masters and Doctorate in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, in the class of David Craighead. From 1982-1986 he lived in Paris, France, where he studied organ with Daniel Roth and won the Prix de Virtuosité  in the class of  Marie-Claire Alain at the Conservatoire National de Région, in Rueil-Malmaison. and where he served as Organist of the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity from 1984-1986.

Dr. Velting has performed in Germany, England, Canada, Switzerland and France, as well as throughout the United States. He was instrumental in the design of the Lively-Fulcher organ for Christ Church Cathedral, where he directs the Cathedral Choir, the Parish Choir and the Senior Choristers and administers the Cathedral Music Program. He is a member of both the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. He has served on the Executive Board of the Young Organist’s Cooperative and is a former Dean of the Nashville Chapter of the AGO. He has twice served as a judge for AGO organ competitions. He was Chair of the Committee on Performances for the 2012 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists which was held here in Nashville. He was recently awarded an Outstanding Teacher Award by the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts.

Jon Johnson

Jon Johnson currently serves as the Associate Organist/Choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville, Tennessee.  At Christ Church Cathedral Mr. Johnson directs the Junior Choristers, accompanies the Senior Choristers and Cathedral Choir, and assists in all of the musical aspects at the cathedral.  Prior to his post at the Cathedral, Johnson served as the Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Episcopal Church in historic New Bern, North Carolina, and was the Director of Schola Cantorum for the diocese of East Carolina. 

Mr. Johnson holds the MM in organ performance and the Sacred Music Diploma from the Eastman School of Music, and the MM in choral conducting and the BM in organ performance from East Carolina University. Mr. Johnson studied organ with Janette Fishell and David Higgs, continuo and improvisation with William Porter, and conducting with Daniel Bara and William Weinert. 

Mr. Johnson has won several organ competitions which include the 1997 American Guild of Organists Region IV competition and the 1998 national Music Teacher’s National Association competition in collegiate organ performance. He has also competed in major international organ competitions which include the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, and the 2005-06 Chartres International Organ competition, France. As an undergraduate, Mr. Johnson was selected to study at the Oundle International Organ Festival, England, where he had the opportunity to study with many world-class organists. Mr. Johnson has performed concerts across the United States for several AGO chapters, music clubs and foundations, and he has performed at one national convention for the American Guild of Organists. His European debut in organ took him to Canterbury and Southwark Cathedrals, England, and Göteborg, Sweden. He is the Dean 2011-2012 for the Nashville Chapter of the AGO.