John A Morabito

Organist and Harpsichordist John A. Morabito, is a Master’s student at the Eastman School of Music in the organ studio of William Porter. He graduated from Eastman with a Bachelor of Music in Organ and Historical Keyboards in 2011 as a student of David Higgs. At Eastman, he has also studied the pedal clavichord with Ulrika Davidsson. His early study was with Lawrence Heath, after which he was a student of Neil Stahurski, Gretchen Franz, and then Elizabeth Harrison. John has also undertaken extensive study and masterclasses with Cherry Rhodes (US), Simon Preston (UK), Rachel Laurin (CAN), Neil Cockburn (CAN), Dale Disselhorst (USA), Harold Vogel (DE), Hans Davidsson (USA), and Eduardo Belloti (IT).

In September of 2006, he was appointed the Scholar in Church Music at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, the youngest ever to hold this post. On moving to Rochester in 2007 to begin his studies at the Eastman School of Music, he became the Assistant Organist at Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word. In 2008, he was appointed Assistant Organist at Sacred Heart Cathedral, also in Rochester, where he continues to play the newly installed organ by Paul Fritts. In addition to his duties at Eastman and Sacred Heart, John is the Music Director for the Tridentine Latin Mass Community of Rochester. He holds the Service Playing and Colleague Certificates of the American Guild of Organists. He was the winner of the 2005 Pittsburgh Organ Academy Scholarship, and he also took first place in the Pittsburgh Concert Society Organ Competition in the same year. He won First Prize in the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Competition (2007), and First Prize at the Rodland Organ Competition (2009). As a result of these numerous successes he has concertized throughout the United States and Canada.

Several organ works have been dedicated to John. These include Scott Perkin's “Threnody,” as well as Rachel Laurin's Rondo from “Twelve Short Pieces.” More recently, Rachel Laurin dedicated “Symphony No. 2” to him. John gave the world premiere of that work in the 2010 Calgary Organ Festival: Young Artists’ Platform series, for which he was selected to participate as one of three young artists from an international pool of applicants. Rachel Laurin’s work takes the form of a symphonic tone poem based on Edgar Allan Poe's “The Fall of the House of Usher.” John followed the world premiere with the American premiere of this work at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rochester, NY in October of 2011.

John is available for recitals and masterclasses.