Director of Music and Organist
Jonathan Ryan comes to Saint Michael and All Angels from one of the largest music programs in the national Episcopal Church at Christ Church in the New York City suburb of Greenwich CT. Among Christ Church’s nine choirs, he has directed the adult choir in Choral Masses, Evensongs, Requiems, and concerts, regularly worked with the Choir of Men & Boys and Girls Choir, directed the Royal School of Church Music-based ribbon training program for choristers, overseen the Choir Assistant program for youth to serve in assisting roles in the program, and assisted in choir tours and summer choir camps. He has previously held positions at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest IL, St. John Cantius Church in Chicago IL, St. Anne Church in Rochester NY, and served as Visiting Artist at St. James Cathedral in Chicago.
Additionally, Jonathan has founded new choral ensembles, directed and developed children’s choirs, and commissioned and conducted new choral works by composers such as multi-award winning American composer Zachary Wadsworth and renowned British composers Philip Moore and Colin Mawby. He also serves as faculty conductor and principal organist of the Church Music Association of America where he teaches, gives presentations, and directs choirs at annual summer Colloquium conferences.
Jonathan enjoys an international reputation as one of the premiere young American organists. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for his strong communicative skills in numerous styles, he holds exceptional distinction of six First Prize awards in major international and national organ competitions, most notably the 2009 Jordan II International Organ Competition. His solo concertizing has taken him to celebrated festivals, venues, and conventions throughout the United States and Europe, including St. Paul’s Cathedral in London (UK), the Nicolaikirche in Leipzig (Germany), the Cathédrale St-André in Bordeaux (France), international organ festivals in Zürich (Switzerland) and Hamburg (Germany), the Piccolo Spoleto Festival’s prestigious Spotlight Series (Charleston SC), the inaugural series at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland CA, and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and Organ Historical Society. His current performance projects include recitals of J.S. Bach’s monumental Clavier-Übung III in a tour on historically-based organs throughout the United States.
His released recordings include two solo organ recordings, the most recent of which, entitled Influences on the independent boutique label Acis, received the rare honor of nomination consideration for the 2017 GRAMMY awards. Jonathan’s solo recordings include commissions and recording premieres. He is also featured on multiple choral recordings from St. John Cantius Church in Chicago, IL.
Born into a musical family in Charlotte, NC, Jonathan first began playing the organ at age eight, and grew up singing as a treble boy chorister. He discovered a love for Anglican liturgy and music in high school, and previously lived in Texas while an undergraduate student at Baylor University. Jonathan then went on to earn degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music. His primary teachers include Joyce Jones, Todd Wilson, David Higgs, William Porter, and William Weinert. He also holds the Fellow (FAGO) and Choirmaster (ChM) professional certifications from the American Guild of Organists, for which he earned the 2006 Choirmaster Prize for the highest score nationally in the Choirmaster exam.
Interim Assistant Organist/Choirmaster
Glenn Stroh is an organist, harpsichordist, conductor, and music educator based in Dallas, Texas. He joined Saint Michael in April 2017. In 2011, he began an appointment as Organist and Assistant Choirmaster at St. Mark’s School of Texas, where he trains the novice choristers, assists with the direction and rehearsal of the St. Mark’s Choir of Men and Boys, oversees the school’s Royal School of Church Music training program, and provides organ music for the chapel and campus community. In addition to his faculty position at St. Mark’s, he formerly served as Director of Music and Organist at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in McKinney. His career as a church musician has included positions at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas, the historic Old Stone Church (First Presbyterian) on Cleveland’s Public Square, and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral of Cleveland.
Mr. Stroh has performed across the U.S. and Europe, including appearances as a solo artist on many historically significant instruments and as organist for several international choir tours. Recent engagements include Washington National Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral (Montreal), and residencies at Wells and Ely Cathedrals in England with the St. Mark’s Choir, and appearances at St. George’s Hanover Square (London), St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, Exeter, Wells, and Canterbury Cathedrals with the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration (Dallas). In 2017, he will accompany the St. Mark’s Choir on tour to Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
A seasoned teacher and advocate for music education, he holds certification in the Kodály method with choral emphasis through the Organization of American Kodály Educators, and has been active on music faculties for Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) summer training courses. He has also served as Director of Educational Programs and on the Executive Board for the Dallas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), and maintains professional affiliation with the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM).
Mr. Stroh holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, a Master of Music in Historical Keyboards from the Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio, and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in 2009-2010 based at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany. Other honors include the Top Prize in the Alamo AGO/Quimby Young Artists Competition and the Ballard Prize for Organ Performance in 2005. His organ teachers have included James David Christie, David Boe, David Heller, Michael Kapsner, and Jesse Eschbach. He has also studied harpsichord with Webb Wiggins and piano with Carolyn True. He enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, camping, and playing tennis.