Jacobs School of Music student wins national competition
18 July 2014
Jonathan Rudy with Janette Fishell
Jonathan Rudy, a student at
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has won the audience prize and first
prize at the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance.
Rudy, a native of Batavia, Illinois, said, ‘I was honoured to be competing in this event alongside such high levels of performance ability and musical talent.’ His prize includes two years of concert management and assistance in career development from Karen McFarlane Artists.
A doctoral student in organ and sacred music, Rudy has been learning with Janette Fishell, chair of the Jacobs Organ Department, throughout his M.M. and D.M. studies at the school, and has also studied improvisation with Bruce Neswick. Fishell commented: ‘From the first lesson I gave Jonathan in his MM studies, I could sense that he had a deep musicianship and a compelling vibrancy in his playing… he loves a challenge and has embraced every learning curve with a positive attitude and enormous commitment.’
The competition was held as part of the biennial national convention of the American Guild of Organists on June 23 in Boston.