Julian J. Wachner was named University Organist and Choirmaster of Marsh Chapel at Boston University in 1990 at the age of twenty. Since that time, he has risen to become one of New England's leading conductors and composers, one whom the Boston Globe has hailed as "the man to watch," and, "one of Boston's finest and busiest young composers." He is the music director of the Back Bay Chorale, artistic director of the Providence Singers, music director of the Marsh Chapel Choir and Chamber Orchestra, founding music director of the Boston Bach Ensemble, and a fellow of the American Guild of Organists. In 1995, he was appointed to Boston University's School of Theology as an assistant professor, and is also a visiting lecturer in composition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He attended Boston University's School for the Arts where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition and orchestral conducting having studied with Lukas Foss, Theodore Antoniou, David Hoose and Marjorie Merryman. He is also a concert organist and award-winning improvisateur currently heard by over 80,000 listeners on WBUR, 90.0 FM during the weekly live broadcast of the Marsh Chapel service of Worship.|
Peter Watchorn has, since 1974, devoted himself to a detailed study of the harpsichord, its history, repertoire and construction, achieving an international reputation for his consistently high standard of performance. He has enjoyed an extensive career in both solo and chamber music and in 1985 at the Boston Early Music Festival he was presented with the most prestigious American prize for early music, the Erwin Bodky Award, for his performances of the music of J.S. Bach. From 1985-1992 he studied with the celebrated Viennese harpsichordist, Isolde Ahlgrimm (1914-1995) and has published numerous articles about her life and career. Watchorn is a member of ensembles Concerto Armonico Wien (directed by Peter Matzka), Concerto Armonico, and The Publick Musick, and since 1995, with Julian Wachner he has co-directed the Boston Bach Ensemble. Watchorn is a member of the faculty of America's oldest early music program, the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin University, Ohio. In addition he is harpsichord tutor at Harvard University's Mather House. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University which he received in 1995. He is currently recording the keyboard works of J.S. Bach on the Hänssler label.