Jonathan Wall, a baritone, is the director of choral and vocal activities at Southwestern Adventist University, a position he has held since 2009. He is a 2005 graduate from Andrews University, where he completed a B.Mus.Ed. and is presently a candidate for an M.Mus. in conducting. While doing his graduate work, Wall assisted Steve Zork, director of choral activities at AU, and also served as minister of music at the Berrien Springs, Michigan, Seventh-day Adventist Village Church and as associate director of music at the First Congregational Church in nearby St. Joseph.
Wall was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts, one of two sons of Kevin and Sherrie Latimer Wall, teachers who founded Central Vermont Academy. Music was an important activity in their home, and starting in the third grade, he began lessons on the trumpet. He played trumpet throughout his academy years and played in first chair positions in the Northern New England Conference Music Clinic and at the Atlantic Union Band Festival.
While attending Greater Boston Academy and singing under the direction of Laurie Redmer Minner, Wall was inspired to pursue a career in music. In 1998, under her leadership, and in 2000 during his senior year at GBA, when he was invited to sing on a tour by Pro Musica, select choir at Columbia Union College, now Washington Adventist University, directed by James Bingham, he toured to Europe and Russia.
In 2000 Wall won the Atlantic Union College Music Scholarship and, while in attendance at the Northern New England Conference Music Clinic that year, met Steve Zork, director of choral and vocal activities at Andrews University, who was guest conductor and clinician. He then enrolled as a music major at AU, where both Zork and Peter Cooper, who was serving as music chair at that time, served as mentors.
During his study at AU, he served as a section leader in and baritone soloist with the Andrews University Singers, traveling with them on tours to Africa, the Bahamas, Chile, and Bermuda. He also was a featured soloist with the AU Sinfonietta and a frequent soloist in church services on campus and in the area.
In his first year at SWAU, Wall conducted the choir at an on-campus academy music festival; conducted the Northern New England Music Clinic in Freeport, Maine; and was guest conductor at the Kentucky/Tennessee Conference Music Festival.
Wall's wife, Marcela, a native of Prague, the Republic of Czechoslovakia, is director of the SWAU bookstore.
Source: Information provided by Jonathan Wall, 3 March 2010.