Jonathan Wohlers


  • Professional
  • Personal


  • D.M.A., Organ Performance, University of Houston, 2008
  • M.M., Musicology, New England Conservatory of Music, 2002
  • M.M., Organ Performance, New England Conservatory of Music, 2000
  • BMEd, Organ, Southern Adventist University, 1997

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Organ


A member of the contingent faculty at PLU, Jonathan Wohlers is serving as Visiting University Organist for the 2016–17 academic year. He has performed extensively in concerts in the United States, Mexico, Europe, South Korea, and Japan, most recently playing on the prestigious organ concert series at International Christian University, Tokyo and at St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church, Yamaguchi. He is a former Dean of the Tacoma Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, is the Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church, Tacoma, and is Artist-in-Residence on the Paul Fritts & Co. organ at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tacoma where in addition to playing on the church’s concert series, he also engages in educational opportunities for children and adults about the organ and its repertoire. Dr. Wohlers holds degrees with honors from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, from the New England Conservatory of Music in performance and musicology, and from Southern Adventist University. His teachers include Robert Bates, William Porter, Yuko Hayashi, Judy Glass, Matthew Dirst, and Christina Edelen. As a part of his doctoral work he engaged in research on Southern Netherlands organ music of the seventeenth century, including a study and transcription of a group of 52 pieces found in a manuscript of anonymous liturgical keyboard music from ca. 1618 (British Library Add. MS 29486). Together the works represent one of the earliest known collections of compositions, arranged by mode, called fugue.