Jonathan E. L. Wall
Jonathan E. L. Wall has served as the Director of Choral & Vocal Studies at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, TX since 2009. Over the past decade, his contributions have significantly impacted Southwestern, the local community, higher education, music education and choral music both locally and all over the world. As chair of the Department of Music for seven years, he wrote and implemented new curriculum, which included the establishment of the Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree. Wall also founded the Southwestern Recital Series, which since its debut has given over 130 concerts to the university and local community. He also recruited new faculty, students and the created new musical ensembles, such as the Southwestern Orchestra & Southwestern Saxophone Ensemble. He also created the Departmental Scholarship Program, which has led directly to increased enrollment and more talented music scholars across all academic disciplines at the University. As an educator, Wall is known for developing student scholars and creating professional opportunities for them to grow and thrive in.
As conductor of the University Singers, Wall has developed the group into a top university choral ensemble. Under his leadership the Singers have been featured domestically throughout Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Washington D.C., Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont & New York. They have performed as guests in prestigious venues across the US, such as, St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, The Senate Bible Study in Washington D.C., First Lutheran Church of Boston, Asbury United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, St. Andrew UMC in Plano, St. Stephen Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, Texas State Capitol Rotunda in Austin, St. Vincent's Cathedral in Bedford, The Historic St. Joseph's Parish in San Antonio, Bass Performance Hall with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for the Bernstein Centennial Concert and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.
Internationally, the Singers have been featured in concerts throughout Puerto Rico, Canada, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, Switzerland, South Korea, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Spain & Portugal. The Singers have had the privilege of representing the United States in the Prague Spring Festival in the Czech Republic, on National Television in Bratislava for the 20th anniversary of US/Slovakian Diplomatic Relations and in renowned & historic venues such as the Turku Cathedral in Turku, The Famed Rock Church in Helsinki, The American Church in Paris, Sta Clara Kyrkan in Stockholm, Pentemont Abbey in Paris, Aveiro Cathedral in Aveiro, the historic Naatalin kirkko built in 1443 in Naantali and the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal.
As Artistic Director of the Southwestern Music Festival, Wall has elevated the expectations for music education and increased opportunities for elite musical performance. In addition to the development of the festival mass choir, Wall established the Festival Orchestra, Festival Saxophone Ensemble and the elite Festival Honors Choir. In 2016 he founded the Festival Commission Project which has brought famous composers to the Southwestern Music Festival as new music creators and clinicians. To date the featured composers have been Ēriks Ešenvalds (I Believe for Choir & Strings) 2017, Kim André Arnesen (Sing the Earth for Choir, Brass, Organ & Percussion) 2018, Craig Courtney (Psalm 23 for Choir, Piano & Strings) 2019 and Dr. Brandon Boyd in 2020. These collaborations have extended the reach of the Festival and increased the level of expectation to professional levels of performance & education. Wall also founded the Festival Scholarship Program which has introduced dozens of elite students to Southwestern Adventist University and provided them with scholarships to attend.
In addition to the University Singers contributions to classical music, over the past couple years they have engaged in unique collaborations centered around Music & Worship with some of the most prominent artists of this era. In 2019, the Singers were invited to join Eight time Dove Award Winner Jaci Velasquez in Dallas for a LIVE concert featuring her early award winning music & worship songs. In 2018 & 2019, the Singers performed as guest artists with Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Green in Tulsa, Oklahoma & were the Featured Choir on his newest Spanish Album, El Descanso (2019).
A sought after music educator & scholar, Wall has been the featured clinician for festivals & workshops in Texas, Maine, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Colorado, Arkansas & Florida. Wall has presented at the last two National North American Division Educational Conventions in Nashville, 2012 - Striving for Excellence in Choral Music: An intensive touching on essential elements of developing and maintaining a successful choral ensemble & in Chicago, 2018 - Plan a World Class Music Tour (Budget Edition). His work was also highlighted recently in an article: The Choir as a Worship Leading Ensemble: A Conversation with Jonathan Wall from Southwestern Adventist University. Best Practices for Adventist Worship. NAD Ministerial Publications. Dec. 2019.
Wall is married to Marcela Moskalova, a native of the Czech Republic, who is a professional portrait painter and teacher at Southwestern Adventist University and Chisholm Trail Academy. They love to travel & learn about new cultures and live in Keene, TX with their two daughters, Zasha & Luccia.