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Janette Fishell

Professor of Music (Organ); Chair, Organ Department

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East Studio Building, JS222



  • B.M., Bachelor of Music, Indiana University, 1981
  • M.M., Master of Music, Indiana University, 1982
  • D.M., Doctor of Music, Northwestern University, 1988

A graduate of Indiana University and Northwestern University, Janette Fishell is a recitalist and teacher of international standing. She has performed in many of the world's greatest concert venues, including Suntory Hall, Tokyo; King's College, Cambridge; Berlin's Schauspielhaus; the Liszt Academy, Budapest; and the Prague Spring Festival She has been a featured recitalist and lecturer at five national conventions and five regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). Her solo recitals for the 2006 national convention of the AGO in Chicago were critically acclaimed as "flawless" and a convention highlight. The author of numerous articles and a book on service playing published by Abingdon Press, she is widely recognized as a leading authority on the organ music of Czech composer Petr Eben. Her critically acclaimed compact disc recordings include performances as a soloist, accompanist, and choral conductor, and her performances have been recorded and nationally broadcast by the BBC, Pipedreams, and NHK (Japan).

Prior to her 2008 appointment as professor of music and chair of the Organ Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, she headed Organ and Sacred Music Studies at East Carolina University and served Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Greenville, N.C., where she remains director of music/organist emerita.

In addition to a full schedule of eclectic programs, Fishell has embarked upon a 21-concert project, "The Seasons of Sebastian," in which she is performing the complete organ works of J. S. Bach for the first time on campus and in the Bloomington community. Music critic Peter Jacobi hailed her "consummate artistry" and wrote of the opening recital in the series, "Fishell's mastery of all the material was breathtaking." Additional concerts will be performed at Christ Church (Episcopal) Cathedral, Indianapolis, where she has served as associate organist and is now artist-in- residence.

Recent and upcoming recitals include concert tours of Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe and recitals in the United States for conventions of the AGO, Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and numerous churches, universities, and concert halls.