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Organist, Educator, Church Musician
Since being named “Young Organist of the Year” by Keyboard Arts, Inc. while still an undergraduate, Janette Fishell has established herself as one of her generation’s leading concert artists. Dedicated to historically informed performance of repertoire from a wide range of historical periods, she is cited as one of the world’s leading experts on the music of the Czech composer Petr Eben. Her project Velvet Revolution presents his opera omnia for solo organ recorded on the two superb C. B. Fisk concert hall instruments of Indiana University, as well as companion essays and a teaching video.
As Professor of Music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music she helps shape the next generation of organists, church musicians and educators in applied lessons and the department’s innovative organ pedagogy core curriculum. A life-long dedication to the vocation of sacred music has led to part-time parish ministry as choral conductor and organist, positions that also inspired compositions and recording projects. Her passions come together in the creation of outreach programs nurturing church musicians and new organists.
This recording project was made possible through the generous support of the Indiana University Presidential Arts and Humanities Research, Creative Activity, and Scholarship of Teaching Grant and Office of the Vice President for Research.
Velvet Revolution: Petr Eben’s complete solo works for organ
Velvet Revolution is a multidimensional project that will ultimately include extended essays and a teaching video centering on the works and aesthetic of the 20th century Czech composer Petr Eben, one of the most important contributors to contemporary organ repertoire and a mentor to Janette Fishell. The first three of six recordings were issued by the Dutch label Brilliant Classics in October, 2022 as Volume 1 of Petr Eben Velvet Revolution: Complete Organ Music. When finished in late 2023, it will be the first complete recorded collection of this important composer’s solo organ works.
Recorded on Indiana University’s two concert hall organs built by C.B. Fisk and engineered by Jacobs School of Music colleague, James Tagg.
Religious Arts Festival
FEBRUARY 2-3, 2024
Co-sponsored by Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Fisher Endowment), the South Carolina Chapter of the Fellowship of Worship Artists and the Greater Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Solo Organ Recital: Saint Cecilia
July 3, 2024
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco, CA
Including world premiere of a new solo organ work by composer Mason Bates