Theatre Organist: Jerry Mendelson

Jerry Seated at Piano Jerry Mendelson

Jerry Mendelson began his formal musical education at the age of 9, with the study of piano, theory, harmony, and composition. He was one of the few chosen students of Herman Wasserman, famed teacher of George Gershwin.

While continuing his piano studies, Jerry showed a keen interest in the pipe organ, and began studying classical organ under Herman Rubin, a noted Church organist and teacher, now retired on the west coast. For several years, Jerry filled the position of organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Spring Valley, New York.

After a 4 year stint of duty for Uncle Sam in naval aviation, Jerry's organ studies resumed, taking him through Columbia University, Weslyan University, Julliard school of Music, and theatre organ under the famed `'Poet of the Organ", Jessie Crawford.

In 1964, he was selected as one of the top 10 organists in the country, and was flown to Chicago, where he gave 10 recitals at the National Trade Show. He was further honored by the State of New Jersey, when a special "Jerry Mendelson Day" was proclaimed at the N. J. pavilion at the N. Y. World's Fair, where he performed throughout the day for the visiting multitudes.

Jerry Mendelson is now semi-retired but still in much demand in North Jersey, playing weddings, parties and cocktail hours for special occasions.

Jerry has a CD of his wonderful organ music currently available called The Biggest Little Wurlitzer.