John A. Wolfe is a New York City-based organist, choral conductor, and music educator. Mr. Wolfe’s performance credits span all five boroughs of New York City and included 134 public performances in 2013, with such highlights as an appearance in the film Fugue by Dorian Carli-Jones for Boxed Wine Productions, the Queens College Baroque Opera Workshop’s production of Monterverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea., and the Queens College ceremony honoring Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. In October 2013 he organized and performed in a recital of J.S. Bach’s organ music featuring five New York City organists and presented by Queens College in conjunction with the American Guild of Organists Queens Chapter. Mr. Wolfe has been a featured performer in the Prism Concert Series at Central Synagogue in Manhattan and in T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral at Saint Joseph’s Church of Our Lord in Brooklyn, earning favorable reviews in the New York Times and Time Out New York.
In all of his musical endeavors, Mr. Wolfe strives to meld carefully researched and historically authentic interpretive practices with deeply felt emotion and spirituality. Presently he is the Organist and Music Director at the First Baptist Church of White Plains, New York, where he leads the chancel choir and works closely with Reverend Bruce Greer and the Worship and Music Committee to select and perform music for worship throughout the church year. He serves concurrently as the Apprentice Organist at the Free Synagogue of Flushing in Flushing, New York. From 2010 to 2013, he was the Organist and Minister of Music at the Evangelical Lutheran Church Christ in Rosedale, New York, where he played the organ for all services, including weddings and funerals, Lenten and Advent Vespers, and events for the attached parochial school, also performing upkeep on the church’s organ and pianos. As an active member of his community and his faith, Mr. Wolfe served pro bono as the Choir Director at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Coney Island from Fall 2011 to Fall 2012, and he performs pro bono at the Center for Active Older Adults on the campus of Sunnyside Community Services in Queens.
Mr. Wolfe is a winner of the Maynard Walker Organ Award from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College and a winner of scholarships from the Queens, Nassau and York chapters of the American Guild of Organists. He is an Executive Board member of the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, a member of the Queens College Baroque Ensemble, and an accompanist for the Queens College Vocal Ensemble. A native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he is an Honors graduate of Gettysburg Area High School and Vassar College. He studied organ performance and music theory with David Erickson and Dexter Weikel in Gettysburg, and has continued to study with Merrelyn Gallagher, at Vassar; Jan Steyer, at New York University in the Czech Republic; and Gail Archer. He is currently a candidate for the Master’s Degree in Organ Performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, under the tutelage of Professor Walter Klauss. He lives in Sunnyside, Queens.