In 1995, when this CD first appeared, few organists were aware of composer Petr Eben. Today, Petr Eben is revered as a leading Czech organ music composer, with works that are found in academic cirriculum as well as in concert. American organist Janette Fishell, who is now on the music faculty of Indiana University at Bloomington, and who studied with Mr. Eben, provides compelling interpretations of a sampling of Petr Eben’s organ solo compositions.
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. Dr. Fishell is a recitalist and teacher of international standing. She has performed in many of the world’s greatest concert venues. She is 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.
A frequent adjudicator, she has been tutor and artist three times at the Oundle International School for Young Organists and was a judge for the recorded round of the 2000 National Competition for Young Artists sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. She served as Chair of the NYACOP committee from 2004 to 2006.
Dr. Fishell is Professor of Organ and Chair of the Organ Department at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where she teaches applied organ and courses in the sacred music curriculum. 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 oversaw a full schedule of choral services and led the choir on two successful English Cathedral Choral Residencies and the recording of a critically acclaimed compact disc.
In the United States she performs under the management of Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.
St. George's Episcopal Church, Nashville, Tennesse USA WEBSITE
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The American Record Guide ”...Fishell has done an invaluable service to Eben and new listeners by presenting this short sampler. Her performance is first-rate; she has an intrinsic feel for Eben’s music and an obvious joy in performing it. Her use of the Casavant Organ of St. George’s Episcopal, Nashville, is without flaw. A truly enjoyable recording.” - Bond