John Weaver plays the Reuter Organ at University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, Washington USA in a variety program of works by Franck, Bach, Brahms, and two of his own compositions.
John Weaver has served as Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City since 1970, Head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia since 1972, and was named Chair of the Organ Department at The Juilliard School in 1987.
John Weaver’s musical studies began at age six at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, from which in 1989 he received that school’s Distinguished Alumni Award. In 1959 he received the Diploma of the Curtis Institute as a student of Alexander McCurdy and earned a Master of Sacred Music degree from Union Theological Seminary, studying with Robert Baker. In 1995 he was awarded the Doctor of Music degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. He has served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College, Union Theological Seminary and The Manhattan School of Music. For eleven years he was at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City where he founded the famous Bach Cantata Services.
John Weaver has toured actively as a concert artist since coming under management in 1959. He has played throughout North America, Western Europe, and the United Kingdom, presenting recitals from his large repertoire of memorized programs drawn from every important era and national school of the organ literature. He regularly performs at regional conventions of The American Guild of Organists (AGO), and has played at several national AGO conventions, as well as at the 1987 International Congress of Organists, held in Cambridge, England. His wife, Marianne, often appears with him playing the growing flute/organ repertoire. His published compositions are widely performed.
Weaver’s main non-musical interests are riding trains, model railroading and hiking mountain trails.