Jonathan Eason serves as Director of Music at Saint Brigid Catholic Church in Johns Creek, Georgia. He holds a master of music degree in voice and piano from the University of South Carolina, where he studied piano with Raymond Dudley and voice with the noted American Heldentenor Gene Ferguson. After growing up Baptist, he converted to the Catholic faith in graduate school, in large part because of the spiritual treasure he found in the sacred music of the great masters.
Before coming to Saint Brigid in September 2013, he served as DOM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Camden, S.C., from 1993 to 2013. He became involved with the Church Music Association of America in 2006 and has never looked back, attending Sacred Music Colloquia XIX-XXI as well as chant workshops in various places. Although every Colloquium is beautiful and enriching, his best experience was Colloquium XXV in Pittsburgh because he shared it with soprano Renee Kotsovos Eason, his wife and musical partner, singing in the Fauré Requiem together under Dr. Horst Buchholz.
Since he became Director of Music, the Choir of Saint Brigid has sung a number of archdiocesan events, including the closing Mass at the 2014 Eucharistic Congress and the archbishop’s annual 50/60 Anniversary Mass (2014 to present), as well as the 2016 recognition Mass for the Atlanta Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. The Schola Cantorum Sursum Corda sang the dedication Mass for the new columbarium (August 2016) and, most recently, the Mass of thanksgiving of Rev. Bryan Kuhr, which included works by Heinrich Isaac and Orlando di Lasso as well as Mass VIII and the Communion Quod dico vobis in tenebris with four-part men’s schola.
In addition to directing the Choir of Saint Brigid and Sursum Corda¸ he sits in from time to time with the Life Teen band 4HG (For His Glory) and the contemporary group Servant Song Ensemble.
When not engaged in his directorial and administrative duties, Mr. Eason also teaches private voice lessons and does freelance accompanying, arranging, and engraving. He transcribed the Communion for this year’s concluding Mass from a 16th-century mensural notation part-book, and his engraving work has appeared in nearly every Colloquium book since 2009. His compositions include the Saint Jerome Mass (revised in 2011 and still in use at his former parish) and the Jubilee Mass (1997), commissioned for the golden jubilee of Rev. Jerome Powers. His forthcoming work, the Mass of Dismas and Gestas, was inspired by the two youths who stole his 2002 Dodge Caravan.