JONATHAN WEY (b. 1983) began his musical studies from an early age in Indianapolis, Indiana, singing in church and learning the piano. The experience of Eastern Orthodox Christian liturgical worship has been a major influence in the development of his musical style.
He began studying composition with Frank Felice at Butler University, and pursued his Bachelors degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (2001-2005). There he studied with P.Q. Phan, Claude Baker, David Dzubay and Emile Naoumoff (piano/composition). In 2010 he graduated with a Masters in Choral Conducting from Butler University, studying with Eric Stark and Henry Leck. Jonathan also spent a summer in Paris, France as part of the European American Music Alliance (EAMA) where he studied counterpoint, theory, harmony and composition/orchestration with French composer Michel Merlet.
Jonathan’s a cappella setting of Agnus Dei won the National Prize for the Music Teachers National Association Composition Competition, and has been recorded professionally with the European choir Zürcher Vokalisten.
Much of Jonathan’s work is written for the human voice, drawing inspiration from a multitude of texts. He has written for many choirs, including the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, the Sanctuary Choir of Second Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis and the Ohio Northern University Singers.