St. Stephen's and St. Agnes helped me learn how to multitask and collaborate with other musicians. Beyond the music, the strong training in writing and research at SSSAS are also tools I’ve brought along. I do a lot of preparation outside the practice room, and I take liberal arts classes at Juilliard. That’s when all my skills from SSSAS kick in.

Musician on a Mission

Janet is a creative concert recitalist and a specialist in sacred music. She has performed throughout the United States and around the world. In 2017 Janet was named one of Diaposon Magazine's 20 Under 30, and she has recently been appointed as the new associate organist for Trinity Church on New York's Wall Street.

Moments before Janet began her post-Evensong solo organ recital at the National Cathedral in January 2015, she took an anxious breath, and took it all in. It was a dream to be invited to perform, as she remembered attending such events since she was 7 years old. But once she started to play, the music was all that mattered. “I definitely get nervous before I perform,” she said. “But it helps to remember all the practice that’s gone into it and just enjoy sharing the music with the audience!”  
 
Performing at The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., is just one of many exciting opportunities Janet has experienced since graduating from SSSAS in 2011. She has performed at such prestigious venues as New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Yale University’s Woolsey Hall, Taipei’s St. John’s Cathedral, Malaysia’s St. Thomas’s Cathedral, and Japan’s Momoyama St. Andrew’s University Chapel. She has appeared in collaboration with the Paul Winter Consort, the Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center, and Trinity’s NOVUS NY at Carnegie Hall. 

Janet attended The Juilliard School in New York City, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in organ performance. She says she uses the skills and experiences she gained at both Juilliard and St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes to make the right in-the-moment decisions on stage. “Everyone was always so supportive and encouraging at SSSAS,” Janet said. Music has always been a part of her life, as she started playing the piano at age 4, the violin at age 7, and the organ at age 11. As an SSSAS "lifer," she was heavily involved in the music program at all three divisions. In the Upper School, she played violin in the orchestra, accompanied choruses, sang in Sextet, led the handbell choir, played piano during chapel, and performed in the pit orchestra for Stage One Players productions. Janet says, “I still remember the first time Lower School Music Teacher Rebecca Gehlhoff asked me to play piano for chapel in second grade, and all the hours of rehearsal Performing Arts Teachers Jerry Mirliani and Dr. Jim Criswell put in with us, and how all my friends and teachers would show up to these crazy organ concerts I was doing.”

In 2018, she graduated with honors from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music (the only program of it's kind in the country), earning a Master of Musical Arts in organ performance. While studying at Yale, she served as the director of music and the organist of the Berkeley Divinity School, conducing the Berkeley Choir and working closely with the clery. Janet was also the Organ Scholar at Christ Church and Trinity Church on the Green.

“I just hope to always make music and love it as much as I do right now!” she said.
 
Learn more about Janet and her upcoming events at www.janetyieh.com.