A solo concert artist in both voice and organ, J. D. Plant has performed across Canada, the Northeastern United States, and Europe. He has served as a music teacher in organ, piano, and voice. His goal is to bring quality music making, regardless of style and from the widest array possible, to enhance the worship experience.
From 1999-2o16, J. D. served as the Director of Music Ministries at St. Athanasius Church, a parish of 15,000 congregants and one of the largest Catholic Churches in the New York area.
J.D. began his training on the pipe organ at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He started winning competition prizes within three years of beginning his university studies, most notably First Place at the 1993 John Robb Competition and Second Place at the 1996 Royal Canadian College of Organists National Competition. He subsequently became the only North American in the finals at the 1997 Bach International Competition in Switzerland and made it to the North American Final Round of the Calgary International Competition. For a period of a few years after these competitions, J. D. performed in recital extensively in North America and Europe.
J.D. was exposed to liturgical ministry while growing up in a small town in the mountains of British Columbia. At age 13, he was playing very simple hymns and accompanying a choir at the local Catholic Church on Sunday mornings, playing at the Saturday service at the Lutheran church, was regularly asked to provide music at funerals for the local Anglican Church, and he belonged to the Baptist youth group. He began his studies at McGill University in architecture, but decided on a change to music/organ performance upon hearing the organ at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal.
J. D.’s experience with choral singing began as a student at McGill, where he was a member of the Men’s Chorale, the University Chorus, the Concert Choir, and finishing with being a member of the select Chamber Singers. He also studied choral conducting at this time.
J. D. has conducted the choirs of Westmount Park United Church and Montreal West United Church. In New York City, he was appointed Music Director at the Anglo-Catholic church of St. Paul, Carroll Gardens. For several years, he sang professionally in New York as a soloist and in choral ensembles such as the Early Music Foundation, Metro Chamber Orchestra, and the National Chorale at Lincoln Center.
Now in Nashville, he is returning to giving recitals in between composing country music and making studio demo recordings.