Joshua Stafford is appointed director of music ministries and organist for Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, Florida.
A native of Jamestown, New York, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2010 as a scholarship student of Alan Morrison. In 2012 he received his Master of Music degree in organ performance and a certificate in sacred music from the Yale School of Music as a student of Thomas Murray in organ and Jeffrey Brillhart in improvisation. While at Yale, Stafford was the recipient of the Robert Baker Award.
In 2016, Stafford was named the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize winner of the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. He is a member of The Diapason’s 20 Under 30 Class of 2017. In 2020 Stafford was named director of sacred music and the Jared Jacobsen Chair for the Organist of the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York. He leaves his position as director of music for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown, New Jersey, where he has served since 2013.
Joshua Stafford is represented by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists. For information: concertartists.com.
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