Mr. Jonathan Laird
Camp Director • Chant Schola Director • Instructor
Jonathan Laird is the music director and organist at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Chantilly, VA. He began his music career as a classically trained pianist who developed a high level of improvisational skill from an early age. Mr. Laird demonstrates a mastery of many styles and periods of keyboard and choral music from the medieval period to the present. He has ten years of experience as a choral conductor and demonstrates equal facility on the piano (27 years) and pipe organ (21 years). Mr. Laird’s approach to teaching sacred music is holistic, incorporating music history, church history and theology, music literacy, and healthy vocal pedagogy into his rehearsals.
As an accompanist Mr. Laird collaborates with vocalists including Irish tenor Anthony Kearns and instrumental soloists such as acclaimed Russian domra virtuoso Peter Omelchenko. Besides his work with soloists, Mr. Laird is an expert choral accompanist who has garnered the praise of some of the nation’s top choral conductors such as Craig Jessop and Andre Thomas. As a choral accompanist, he has performed in internationally televised concerts in Prague and Budapest. Other performance venues have included the US Capitol, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the embassies of Ireland and New Zealand, many appearances at the Kennedy Center and Hylton Performing Arts Center, and other venues throughout the United States. Most recently, he performed with Anthony Kearns at the 2018 Congressional Friends of Ireland luncheon, whose attendees included President Trump, Vice President Pence, Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, and members of Congress.
Mr. Laird holds the Master of Music degree in Sacred Music with concentration in Organ Performance from The Catholic University of America. He studied organ with David Lang and Dr. Ed Moore and choral conducting with Dr. Leo Nestor.
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