John holds the Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Music degrees in Organ Performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he studied with Robert Burns King. He received the Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Todd Wilson. While there, he received the Henry Fusner prize for outstanding achievement in the organ department. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ performance at UNCG where he studies organ with André Lash, harpsichord with Andrew Willis, and choral conducting with Welborn Young. John currently serves as the Director of Music and Principal Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he plays for services, assists with the graded choral ensembles from age 4 through adult, and administers three different concert and worship series.
John has performed in noted locations and festivals including Washington National Cathedral; the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Georgia; the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina; the Music for a Great Space series in Greensboro, North Carolina; Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, Virginia; and with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwartz. In 2011, John was invited to premiere a concerto by Robin Dinda as part of the Region IV American Guild of Organists Southeast Regional Convention. This performance can be heard on American Public Media’s Pipedreams. John has appeared as an accompanist with numerous choral groups for performances at noted venues such Duke Chapel; St. George’s Chapel, Windsor; Worchester Cathedral; Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; and Westminster Abbey. John has also competed in several national competitions including the Albert Schweitzer Competition; the Arthur Poister Competition; and in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.
John is active in the American Guild of Organists, where he is a board member and past-dean of the Greater Greensboro chapter, and is also a member of the Royal School of Church Music, Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Email John at jalexander(at)fpcgreensboro.org.