Dr. Jason J. Keefer
Program Director, Organ/Sacred Music Topics
Jason J. Keefer is Assistant Professor and Director of Sacred Music and Principal Organist at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio; Organ Artist-in-Residence at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Upper Arlington, Ohio; and Director of the Sacred Music Institute of America. From 2015 to 2016, Dr. Keefer was Adjunct Professor of Organ at Ohio Wesleyan University. Prior to moving to Ohio, he served as Principal Organist and Director of Liturgical Music at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and Choirmaster and Organist at the Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Keefer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance from West Virginia University, where he was awarded a full scholarship as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Music History. He earned a Master of Musical Arts in Sacred Music and Organ from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Organ from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York.
Dr. Keefer's doctoral dissertation topic was "A Style-Based Approach to Hymn Improvisation: A Teaching Manual for Organ Students,” and he has taught and continues to teach courses and master classes based on the method that he formulated.
Dr. Keefer studied with John Walker, David Craighead, Anne Musser Honeywell, Ann Labounsky, and Edgar Highberger; coached with French organists Pierre Pincemaille and Jean- Pierre Leguay; and studied organ improvisation with Gerre Hancock, Ann Labounsky, and Jean- Pierre Leguay. He also studied conducting with Brady Allred and Kathleen Shannon and Gregorian chant with Fr. Stephen Concordia.