J. William Greene serves as Organist-Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynchburg, Virginia, where he plays the 1990, Taylor & Boody tracker organ and leads a comprehensive music program. For thirteen years prior to his current appointment, he was Organist-Choirmaster of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester, New York. In 1993, his Cathedral Choir was invited to Rome and sang in St. Peter’s Basilica and at a papal audience with Pope John Paul II.
In addition to church work, Dr. Greene served on the keyboard faculties of Ithaca College; Nazareth College of Rochester, New York; and Appalachian State University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ and Literature from the Eastman School of Music along with the Eastman Performer’s Certificate, both under the tutelage of Russell Saunders. Further study in organ and harpsichord took place in the Netherlands with the legendary Gustav Leonhardt under the auspices of an ITT International Fellowship.
Dr. Greene is an active composer with more than one-hundred choral and organ compositions appearing in the catalogs of CanticaNOVA, GIA, Paraclete Press, St. James Music Press, Concordia Publishing House and Emerson Music/National Music Publishers. A member of the American Society of Composers, Arrangers, and Publishers, he is the recent recipient of an ASACP+ Award for his recent publications and performances. He also recently won the First Prize in the AGO (San Jose) and Campbell United Methodist Church Composition Contest for a work for Organ on an American Hymn Tune for “Variation Prelude on Dunlap’s Creek.”