John A. Wolfe is a New York City-based organist, choral conductor, concert producer and music educator. Mr. Wolfe’s performance credits span all five boroughs of New York City and include over one hundred performances per year. As a recitalist he recently created and performed in a series of recitals bringing Baroque chamber music to churches spanning the New York City metropolitan area, as well as recitals featuring organists from around the world celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. He has been a featured performer in the Prism Concert Series at Central Synagogue in Manhattan, the short film Fugue by Boxed Wine Productions, and in T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral at St. Joseph’s Church of Our Lord in Brooklyn, earning favorable reviews in the New York Times and Time Out New York.
In May 2014 Mr. Wolfe earned the Master’s Degree in Organ Performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, under the direction of Dr. Walter Klauss. Mr. Wolfe performed in the Queens College Baroque Opera Workshop’s productions of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Cavalli’s La Calisto, as a member of the Queens College Baroque Ensemble and as an accompanist for the Queens College Vocal Ensemble. In Fall 2012 he appeared with Congressman Joseph Crowley, Anjelica Huston and Carole King in the Queens College ceremony honoring Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. He is also an Honors graduate of Vassar College, where he earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organ Performance under Dr. Gail Archer and studied abroad at New York University in Prague, Czech Republic. In Fall 2014 he began the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, under Dr. Renee Anne Louprette. While at working towards his doctorate he has performed with the Rutgers University Baroque Players and participated in master classes with Michel Bouvard, Kimberly Marshall, Nancianne Parella, and Gordon Turk. Mr. Wolfe is a winner of the Maynard Walker Organ Award from the Aaron Copland School of Music, a winner of the Drinkwater and Shaw music awards from Rutgers University, and a winner of scholarships from the Queens, Nassau and York chapters of the American Guild of Organists.
An experienced church musician, Mr. Wolfe is the Organist at the Congregational Church of Manhasset. Here he presides over the church’s newly refurbished 69-rank Aeolian Skinner pipe organ and accompanies the church’s mixed volunteer and professional choir in conjunction with Music Director Craig Tocher. Mr. Wolfe served from 2013 to 2015 as the Interim Music Director at the First Baptist Church of White Plains, New York, and from 2010 to 2013 he was the Organist and Minister of Music at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Christ in Rosedale, New York. He is on call for performances across New York City at weddings, funerals and worship services of all kinds, and he has performed for every mainstream Christian denomination and for Jewish worship. His training as a sacred musician has given him confidence and sensitivity in musical traditions of all kind, from contemporary to ancient. He is an active member of the American Guild of Organists, serving as the Sub-Dean of the Brooklyn Chapter and as a voting member of the New York City Chapter. A native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he resides in Manhattan.