Join the Little Falls Library on January 2nd at 1 PM when keyboardist Jack Whritenour will perform holiday music via Zoom. Meeting ID: 97621665540.
Rev. Jack R. Whritenour, the rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Little Falls, NY, grew up in West Milford, NJ. about 35 miles northeast of Manhattan. He began playing the organ for church services at the age of 13. He attended the College of New Jersey from 1989-1993 where he studied organ with the late Albert Ludecke, professor of organ at TCNJ and organist/choirmaster of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton, NJ for over 45 years.
Fr. Whritenour earned his Batchelor of Music Education degree from TCNJ where, in addition to the organ, he studied voice, choral conducting, harmony and music theory, and music pedagogy.
Beginning in the summer of 1994 he attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia from which he earned his Master of Divinity degree in May of 1998, and was ordained a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in June that same year.
From 1990-1998, he was the organist/music director of Saint Mark Lutheran Church in Hamilton New Jersey, where he played for two services every Sunday and for Holy Days, directed the senior choir, the junior choir, the handbell choir, and a “cherub” choir (ages 4, 5, and 6). In October of 2019, he became a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Albany and has served as Emmanuel’s rector since Sunday, October 6, 2019.
Although not able to be on the organ bench every Sunday due to his priestly duties, Fr. Whritenour continues to play recitals and occasionally teaches private lessons. In addition to the organ, he plays piano, harpsichord, clavichord, the French harmonium, and the American reed organ.
He also composes and arranges music for organ and other keyboards, choral music, and handbell music. Though he plays music from all periods, he has always been especially drawn to the music of the Baroque period, and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in particular.
In the summer of 2020, he recorded the complete Two and Three-Part Inventions of J.S. Bach and posted them on Facebook in order to bring some joy and beauty to people’s lives during the ongoing pandemic. Now, he regularly posts recordings of his performances on Facebook.
His program on January 2 at the Little Falls Library will include Christmas carol settings, improvisations on carols, some classical music for the Christmas season, and a few popular holiday favorites.
Fr. Jack Whritenour lives in Little Falls with his wife Carol, whom he met while studying music at TCNJ, his daughter Amelia, and his little Jack Russel terrier Arlo.