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BIOGRAPHY

Through performances consistently hailed as elegant, warm, communicative, and powerfully artistic, Jeremy David Tarrant is increasingly recognized as one of the leading organists of his generation. Since 2000, he has served as Organist and Choirmaster of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit. Prior to this appointment he served as the Cathedral’s Assistant Organist from 1994.  In April of 2007 he was seated as Canon Precentor of the Cathedral in thanksgiving and recognition of his role in the liturgical and musical life of the Cathedral community.  Mr. Tarrant is the founding director of the Cathedral Choir School of Metropolitan Detroit.

 

A student of the American organist and pedagogue Robert Glasgow, Jeremy David Tarrant is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music where he earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance and sacred music. His other instructors include Betty R. Pursley, Corliss Arnold, and James Kibbie.  He has had additional coaching with Lynne Davis.

 

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, he was awarded First Prize in the Ottumwa National Organ Competition in 1997 and Second Prize in the Arthur Poister National Competition in 1998.  And as a student, Mr. Tarrant was also finalist in the American Guild of Organists Regional Competitions.

 

Mr. Tarrant is Adjunct Professor of Organ at Oakland University.  He is in frequent demand as a teacher and clinician, and regularly serves on the faculties of the Royal School of Church Music summer courses as well as the American Guild of Organists summer Pipe Organ Encounters. 

 

An active concert organist, Jeremy David Tarrant has performed widely in North America in such venues as the Washington National Cathedral; St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue; St. James Cathedral, Toronto; St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York; and Chicago’s famed Fourth Presbyterian Church. He frequently appears with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and has performed in regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists.  In 2008, Mr. Tarrant made his European solo debut with a recital in the Cathedrale de St. Etienne in Meaux, France, and in 2011 he played the closing recital of International Organ Week in Dijon, France. In 2012, he was a featured artist in the Pine Mountain Music Festival, presenting three solo recitals in Michigan’s upper peninsula.  He is currently engaged in a series of six concerts on important instruments in Detroit. In July, 2014 he conducted the Cathedral Choir during its residency at Chichester Cathedral in England.  This tour included concerts and services in Canterbury and Southwark Cathedrals. 

With the Cathedral Choir he has made two CD recordings, Nowell Sing We and Evensong for All Saints. In addition to conducting the choir for these recordings, he also recorded a number of solo works included on them.  Mr. Tarrant's performances of the music of Andre Fleury, Gaston Litaize, and Louis Vierne can be heard and seen on Youtube. His recording of Charles-Marie Widor's mammoth Symphonie VII, as well as music of Louis Vierne and Gaston Litaize was released in 2018 on the Raven label to enthusiastic critical acclaim.

Proud Detroiters, Jeremy David Tarrant and his husband make their home in the Lafayette Park area of downtown Detroit.

Jeremy David Tarrant is represented by Seven Eight Artists.