Jason Gunnell – Assistant Director of Music and Organist
Jason Gunnell is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Organ Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) studying with Dr. Roberta Gary, and with newly appointed organ professor, Michael Unger. A native of Idaho, Jason received his Bachelor of Musical Arts at Brigham Young University-Idaho, studying with Daniel Kerr, James Drake, and Darwin Wolford. He received his Master of Music in Organ Performance and Church Music from the University of Kansas, studying with James Higdon. While at BYU-Idaho, Jason taught courses in Music Theory and Organ Lessons and is currently teaching at CCM. Jason has performed in masterclasses with organists of renown such as Ken Cowan, Paul Jacobs, Fred Swann, Clay Christiansen, and Richard Elliott. Jason won the 2011 Strader Organ Competition held in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jason has extensive experience as a church musician and organist. Before being appointed organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park, Ohio, Jason was organist at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri, and also served as organist at First Presbyterian Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Jason also actively serves in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many music capacities and has served in the LDS church in music capacities for over 23 years.
Jason has played in and performed in many venues throughout the United States and Hungary. Jason actively recitals in the famed Mormon Tabernacle and the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah as a Guest Organist at Temple Square, playing on the world famous V/206 Aeolian Skinner Organ in the Mormon Tabernacle and the V/130 Schoenstein Organ in the Conference Center. Jason currently lives in Cincinnati with his family. He is happily married to his wife, Kate. They are the parents of five young boys, Grant, Mitch, Brigham, William and Clark.