Oratorio Chorale

Justin Thomas Blackwell, pianist

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. In addition to being a freelance keyboardist in the Boston area, he also serves as associate conductor of the Back Bay Chorale (Boston), a member of the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, the accompanist for the Boston University choruses, an auxiliary keyboardist with the Charlotte (NC) Symphony Orchestra, and for six years served as assistant conductor of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Chorus. 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), five oratorios of G. F. Handel, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, and more than thirty-five Bach cantatas. As a pianist, he can be heard on Seraphic Fire’s (Miami, FL) CD of Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem (4-hand piano version), which was nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance. He began his musical studies at the age of five and holds music degrees in organ performance (Furman University) and conducting (Boston University).