Janet Yieh has been newly appointed Director of Music at Church of the Heavenly Rest on the Upper East Side in New York City, where she oversees a vibrant music program for all ages, conducts the choirs and plays the 138-rank Austin Organ. For seven years, she served as Associate Organist at Trinity Church Wall Street, where she played weekly services, founded the St. Paul’s Chapel Choir, accompanied the Grammy-nominated Trinity Choir and Trinity Youth Chorus, and worked closely with the music and liturgy departments.
An innovative concert recitalist and sacred music specialist, Janet has been lauded for her “expressivity and technical prowess” (The American Organist), and named one of ‘20 under 30’ promising artists by The Diapason magazine in 2017. She has performed concert tours throughout the United States and across the globe, with highlights including New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Washington’s National Cathedral, San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, Yale University’s Woolsey Hall, Taipei’s Aletheia University Chapel, and Japan’s Momoyama St. Andrew’s University Chapel. She has collaborated with the Paul Winter Consort, Theodicy Jazz Collective, the Washington Chorus at The Kennedy Center, and Trinity’s NOVUS NY orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She has performed on the national stage at the American Guild of Organists’ 2022 National Convention in Seattle and the Association of Anglican Musicians’ National Conference in Richmond. She regularly premieres new works for the organ, and has been featured on the national radio show Pipedreams, New York’s WQXR, New Jersey’s WWFM, Connecticut’s WMNR, and two CD recordings, Julian Wachner: Symphony No. 1, Works for Orchestra and Voices (Musica Omnia/Naxos, 2014) and Celebrating the Skinner Organ (Schott, 2011).
A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Janet earned a Master’s of Musical Arts (2018) and Master’s Degree in Organ Performance (2017) from the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music and a Bachelor of Music in Organ (2015) from the Juilliard School. While at Yale, she was appointed Organ Scholar at Christ Church, New Haven and Trinity Church on the Green, while also serving as Director of Music and Organist of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Janet’s former teachers include Thomas Murray, Paul Jacobs, John Walker, Wayne Earnest and Victoria Shields.
In 2020, Janet co-founded a new platform ‘Amplify Female Composers’ with Carolyn Craig, which launched a December Advent Calendar Project of daily Advent and Christmas music by women composers sung by 25 international parish, cathedral and university choirs, and has made over 65 video recordings of choral and organ music available online. She also contributes research to an international sacred music database called “A Great Host of Women Composers.” Janet taught on the faculty of the 2022 St. Thomas Girl Chorister Course, 2019 Cape Cod AGO Pipe Organ Encounter, and played as course organist for the 2019 RSCM Rhode Island Course and organ scholar for the 2018 RSCM Carolina Course at Duke University. In 2020 and 2021, she served on the AGO National Steering Committee for the internationally broadcast AGO OrganFest. She is a Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, an executive board member of the New York City AGO, and a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians. www.janetyieh.com.