John Rose to Perform Organ Recital at Trinity College Chapel on Saturday, September 9

Recital and Reception Celebrate Rose’s 40 Years as College Organist and Director of Chapel Music

​Hartford, Connecticut, September 7, 2017—

WHAT: John Rose will perform an organ recital to celebrate his direction of 40 years of Chapel music at Trinity College. The recital and the festive retirement reception that immediately follows are both free and open to the public.

WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. A reception will follow at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Trinity College Chapel

                        300 Summit Street

                        Hartford, CT



John Rose is retiring in December after 40 years as Trinity College organist and director of Chapel music. Rose’s contributions to the musical life of Trinity have been both deep and enduring over his career at the College. He has planned and executed the music at 80 of Trinity’s popular Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols services and has taken The Chapel Singers on tour to Buenos Aires, England, San Francisco, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and twice each to Montreal and Venice, Italy.

As a performer, he has more than 1,000 recitals to his credit and has performed professionally on four continents at venues including Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, Melbourne Town Hall in Australia, and Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. He has appeared at international music festivals in Brazil, Norway, England, Belgium, and Mexico, and he has performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at The Bushnell’s Mortensen Hall and at Trinity over several seasons in a series of concerts titled “Music in a Gothic Space.” His discography of 15 titles includes three albums recorded on the Trinity College organ.

As professor of music, ex officio, Rose has overseen the music at major College events including Matriculations, Convocations, Commencements, Reunions, and multiple presidential inaugurations. In addition, he has planned and executed both choral and organ music for weekly Chapel services, memorial services, and weddings, as well as for the 50th and 75th anniversary celebrations of the Chapel’s consecration. Throughout his tenure, he has curated the Trinity College Organ Series, bringing the world’s premier concert organists to perform at the College and drawing audiences from a wide area.

In 2016, Rose was named the John Rose College Organist-and-Directorship Distinguished Chair of Chapel Music, a title his successors will inherit. The chair was generously endowed and established in his honor by Marjorie Van Eenam Butcher H’09, late professor of mathematics, emeritus. Earlier, the John Rose Organ Scholarship at Trinity College was established by Eleanor and Willard Seipt.

Rose earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, where he was also an instructor in organ. He was a student of the famed virtuoso Virgil Fox for seven years. Rose began his professional career at the age of 20, when he was appointed organist of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey.

Rose has mentored generations of Trinity College students, including dozens of organists and hundreds of Chapel Singers, many of whom have gone on to earn graduate degrees in music and the arts. One of his students, the well-known concert organist Christopher Houlihan ’09, who has been artist-in-residence at Trinity since 2013, succeeds him as the John Rose College Organist-and-Directorship Distinguished Chair of Chapel Music.