A native of Palmerton, Pennsylvania, John Weaver’s musical studies began at the age of six at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, from which he received the 1989 Distinguished Alumni Award. He was graduated from the Curtis Institute, a student of Alexander McCurdy, and received a Master of Sacred Music degree from Union Theological Seminary, studying with Robert Baker. In 1995 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA. He has served on the faculties of the Westminster Choir College, Union Theological Seminary, and the Manhattan School of Music. For eleven years he was at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York where he founded the famous Bach Cantata services.
Dr. Weaver became Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in 1970. He is also Head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, since 1971, and has been the Chair of the Organ Department at the Juilliard School since 1987.
Dr. Weaver has been active as a concert organist in North America, Western Europe, and Britain presenting recitals from a large repertoire representing every important era and national school of organ literature. He regularly performs at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and was a recitalist at the 1987 International Congress of Organists at Cambridge, England. His wife, Marianne, often appears with him playing from the growing flute/organ repertoire. His published compositions for organ and chorus are performed worldwide and include Rhapsody for Flute and Organ, Prayer for Transfiguration Day, Toccata for Organ, and Passacaglia on a Theme of Dunstable.