Justin M. Wallace is an organist, harpsichordist and composer based in Pittsburgh, PA. He began piano and composition studies in Akron, Ohio with jazz pianist Pat Pace, then went on to earn degrees from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music (BM, Music Composition) and the Eastman School of Music (MM, Organ Performance and Literature). His teachers and mentors have included David Higgs, William Porter, Joel Speerstra, Nicole Keller, Laurent Boukobza, Loris Chobanian, Marianne Ploger, and Don O. Franklin.
As a composer, Justin’s music has been performed around the nation, notably in St. Marks Cathedral in Seattle, Kodak Hall in Rochester, NY and by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony Orchestra. He has received commissions from choirs in New York and Pennsylvania, including the professional chamber choir Madrigalia.
As a harpsichordist he has performed with Chatham Baroque, the Pittsburgh Compline Choir, and various ensembles under the direction of Don O. Franklin. In May 2014, he performed J.S. Bach’s Triple Harpsichord Concertos as part of the Pittsburgh Music Alliance’s Festival of Bach.
Justin has served as Assistant Organist at Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY, Director of Music Ministry at Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church in Brighton, NY and Organist/Assistant Director of Music at Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park, PA. Currently, Justin is the Assistant Organist at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA where he accompanies a professional choir comprised of about 40 singers. His organ playing can be heard on the weekly radio program Sunday at Shadyside and on a forthcoming CD of choral and organ music.