Justin Thomas Blackwell
Justin Thomas Blackwell is the associate director of music at Marsh Chapel, Boston University, and is principal organist for the Chapel’s Sunday morning service, broadcast weekly on WBUR 90.9 FM, National Public Radio. In 2009, he performed the complete organ sonatas of Felix Mendelssohn, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth, and this year is completing performances of the complete organ works of Robert Schumann. He is in frequent demand as a continuo keyboardist, and has played organ or harpsichord for the four major choral/orchestral works of J. S. Bach (the two passions, the B-minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio), four oratorios of G. F. Handel, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, and more than thirty-five Bach cantatas. He has accompanied the Boston University Symphonic Chorus in performances of Duruflé’s Requiem, Ives’ Psalm 90 (Boston Symphony Hall), and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. In addition to his responsibilities at Marsh Chapel, he also serves as the Associate Music Director of the Back Bay Chorale, Assistant Conductor of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Chorus, and an auxiliary keyboardist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. He can also be heard on Miami-based Seraphic Fire’s recent recording of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (Seraphic Fire Media Label). He began his musical studies at the age of five in his native Charleston, South Carolina, and holds music degrees from Furman University (organ performance) and Boston University (choral conducting).