Joseph Fort

Joseph Fort was appointed College Organist & Director of the Chapel Choir and Lecturer in Music at King’s College London in 2015. He holds a PhD from Harvard University. Fort is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, where he was the Organ Scholar of Emmanuel College, and he also studied at the Royal Academy of Music.

During his time in the US, Fort conducted several Boston-area choirs, and for four years was Resident Conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum. He is in demand as a chorus master, preparing choirs for John Eliot Gardiner and Roger Norrington, and has recorded and broadcast on UK and US radio. As an organist, recital venues include St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, and he was a guest organist for the inauguration of Harvard University’s new Fisk organ.

Fort is currently writing a book on Joseph Haydn’s minuets, and recent conference presentations include the American Musicological Society and Mozart Society of America.

Photo by David Arruda

Photo by David Arruda

My organ lessons with Chris were very inspiring, and have had long-lasting effect. I came to him for several lessons in 2013, hoping that he would help refresh my engagement with a repertoire that I had been playing for a while. Of course, Chris went far beyond this, improving my overall technique and sharing ideas that have fundamentally informed my playing ever since. I was also struck by the warmth and care that Chris demonstrates both as a teacher and as a person in general. I hope to play to him again the next time I’m back in Boston!
— Joseph Fort