About this Artist
JOHN WEST received his Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. His undergraduate study was at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where he studied organ with Josef Schnelker. His initial studies of the organ began at the age of 13 under the tutelage of Richard Purvis at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Pasadena Symphony, and the Boston Pops; and at venues including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Hollywood Bowl, Crystal Cathedral, and the First Congregational Church Los Angeles. He is the house organist at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. He has toured throughout the world and in February 2000 he was the featured solo artist on the longest running radio show about the organ, Pipedreams with Michael Barone. His most recent works are published by Augsburg Fortress - Fanfare on Sine Nomine and Now Thank We All Our God. His first solo organ compact disc, Rev'd Up Organ!, is in its second pressing and his latest CD, The Roar of the Furies & The Sounds of Sirens, was released in July of this year.