Organist Jonathan Ryan will perform the 19th annual Ranlett Organ Recital for the Community Performance Series on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m., in Hosmer Hall at The Crane School of Music (Photo: Joanne Bouknight).

POTSDAM, NY – The Community Performance Series will continue its 29th season with an upcoming performance featuring one of today’s best young concert organists, Jonathan Ryan.

The 19th annual Ranlett Organ Recital will be presented on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m., in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. A free organ encounter will also take place the day before, on Saturday, Oct. 13, also at 3 p.m. in Hosmer Hall.

For the Oct. 14 performance, Ryan will perform compositions from Bach, Sweelinck, Vivaldi, Sowerby, Moore, Wammes, Schumann and Guilmant.

Acclaimed as “one of the brightest younger artists in the field today”, Jonathan Ryan consistently elicits praise for his “depth of musicianship, imagination and passion” (The Diapason). His command of an exceptionally large breadth of repertoire enables his bold, imaginative programming and exceptional use of each organ’s unique capability, for which he is celebrated. Especially concerned with communicating a work’s essence, he is known for his ability to captivate listeners.

Ryan has the rare distinction of holding six first prize awards from major international and national organ competitions. He most notably entered the international spotlight when he was awarded both first prize and the only auxiliary prize, the LeTourneau Concerto Prize, in the 2009 Jordan II International Organ Competition.

Born into a musical family in Charlotte, N.C., Ryan first started playing the organ at age eight. He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music, as well as the revered Fellow and Choirmaster certifications from the American Guild of Organists.

Ryan serves as director of music and organist at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas, where his passions for conducting, performing and teaching combine with his love of sacred music, at the nation’s second largest Episcopal church. At St. Michael, he directs the adult choirs, oversees a growing chorister program, established the professional Compline Choir, and heads the “Saint Michael Presents” concert series. He most recently served as associate director of music at one of the Episcopal Church’s largest music programs at Christ Church in Greenwich, Conn. Among Christ Church’s nine choirs, he directed the adult choir in choral Masses and concerts, and assisted with the Choir of Men & Boys and the Girls’ Choir.

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Tickets for this performance can be purchased by visiting the CPS Box Office, located in the lobby of SUNY Potsdam’s Performing Arts Center, by calling (315) 267-2277 or by visiting Single tickets can also be purchased in-person at Brick & Mortar Music in downtown Potsdam.

A 25 percent discount is available exclusively through the CPS Box Office when purchasing tickets to three or more Guest Artist Series events. This discount is not available on event night, so please reserve in advance to save. Regular ticket prices are $10 for general admission, $6 for seniors and SUNY Potsdam faculty and staff, and free for all students.

For more information on the 2018-19 CPS Guest Artist Series season and artists, visit, or the CPS Facebook page, at

About the Community Performance Series:

The Community Performance Series is a college-community partnership presenting distinctive and renowned performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. This rich mixture of programming links communities, classrooms and audiences of all ages and preserves access to the performing arts for future generations. For more information, visit

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of only three arts campuses in the entire SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam’s arts curriculum offers the full palette: music, theatre, dance, fine arts and creative writing. No matter the discipline, people from all backgrounds can find their creative compass at Potsdam, with myriad arts immersion experiences available for both campus and community. To learn more, visit