Janette Fishell Biography

Janette Fishell holds degrees in organ performance from Indiana University and Northwestern University; her teachers include Wilma Jensen, Wolfgang Rübsam, Richard Enright, Anita Werling, Robert Byrd and Clyde Holloway with further coaching on Baroque and German Romantic repertoire with Ludger Lohmann.  Named Young Organist of the Year by Keyboard Arts, Inc. while still an undergraduate, Dr. Fishell is a recitalist and teacher of international standing.  She has performed in many of the world’s greatest concert venues including Suntory Hall, Tokyo; King’s College, Cambridge; Berlin’s Schauspielhaus; the Liszt Academy, Budapest; the Prague Spring Festival; and has been a featured recitalist and lecturer at five national conventions and five regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists.  Her solo recitals for the 2006 national convention of the AGO in Chicago were critically acclaimed as “flawless” and a convention highlight.  The author of numerous articles and a book on service playing published by Abingdon Press, she is widely recognized as a leading authority on the organ music of Czech composer Petr Eben.

Her numerous compact disc recordings include performances of the music of Marcel Dupré, Petr Eben and J. S. Bach as well as duet literature performed with her husband, British organist Colin Andrews.  Pas de Dieu: Music Sublime and Spirited, a recording of French Romantic repertoire and the world premiere of Frank Ferko’s Livre d’Orgue, was released by Loft Recordings in July, 2006, the premiere recording on C. B. Fisk opus 126.  She has been featured in live radio broadcasts worldwide, including live recital broadcasts for the BBC from St. Marylebone Church, London, NHK, Tokyo, and Czech Radio.  A frequent adjudicator, she has been tutor and artist four times at the Oundle International School for Young Organists and was a judge for the recorded rounds of the National Competition for Young Artists sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, Canadian Organ Competition, Montreal, and the inaugural Longwood Gardens organ competition in 2013. She served as Chair of the NYACOP committee from 2004 to 2006 and was a member of the Committee on Ongoing Professional Education (COPE).

                  Dr. Fishell is Professor of Organ and Chair of the Organ Department at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where she teaches a full studio of organ majors. From 1989 to 2008 she headed the Organ Performance and Sacred Music degree programs at East Carolina University and was Director of Music/Principal Organist at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenville, NC, where she remains Director of Music Emerita.  She is currently Artist-in-Residence at Christ Church (Episcopal) Cathedral, Indianapolis.  At its conclave the alumni of the Jacobs School of Music bestowed upon her the 2012 Oswald Gleason Ragatz Distinguished Alumni Award.

                  Her students have distinguished themselves in academia, concerts and as prizewinners in competitions throughout the US and Europe, including first prizes at the 2012 Arthur Poister Competition, the 2012 Albert Schweitzer Competition, the Joseph fuchs Prize at Austria’s 2012 Franz Schmidt Competition, and 2013 American Guild of Organists Regional Competition for Young Organists, Region V.  Her former students successfully serve in churches and on university faculties throughout the US and Asia.  She is a frequent adjudicator, most recently serving on the recorded round panel of the Canadian International Organ Competition (Montreal) and the innaugural Longwood Gardens Organ Competition (Philadelphia).

                  Dr. Fishell’s commitment to the creation and sustenance of excellence and creativity in organ performance and sacred music has led to a variety of projects:  she founded the East Carolina Religious Arts Festival, and was pivotal in the design and fundraising for the C. B. Fisk opus 126 pipe organ that functions both as the organ for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenville, NC, and the major teaching and performance instrument for East Carolina University School of Music.  She has received numerous commissions for choral compositions and hymn tunes, some of which are featured on Love Bade Me Welcome: Music from St. Paul’s, and is a regular contributor to professional journals, a participant on panels and an active lecturer and adjudicator.  Most recently she has worked with her colleagues in the Organ and Choral Conducting departments at the Jacobs School of Music to create that institution’s first Sacred Music Intensive Course, an annual summer course for organists and choir directors that has attracted capacity enrollment in its first year.

                  In addition to a full schedule of eclectic programs, Dr. Fishell recently completed her twenty-one concert project, “The Seasons of Sebastian,” in which she is performing the complete organ works of J. S. Bach for the first time at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.  Most recent and upcoming engagements outside of Bloomington include venues across the United States and multiple concert tours of Asia and Europe, including recitals at the Beijing National Center of the Performing Arts, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Sydney Town Hall, Lilia Hall, and Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. She is a featured recitalist and presenter at this-summer’s biennial national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Boston, where she will perform on the C.B. Fisk organ of historic Old West Church.   From January-August, 2015 she will be on sabbatical leave in Germany, where she will study organs and performance practice related to early Baroque and German Romantic organ repertoire. In the United States she performs under the management of Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.

      Revised October 2012