M. Jason Abel has been the Director of Music at Christ Church since the fall of 2005. He directs all of church’s choirs and serves as principal organist for most services.
Jason holds the Master of Sacred Music degree, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. His undergraduate degree, cum dignitate in musica, is from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He studied organ with Robert Delcamp, Larry Palmer, and George Baker. His conducting studies were with the late David R. Davidson.
Prior to arriving at Christ Church, Jason served for six years at Church of the Nativity in Huntsville, Alabama. He also worked at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas as the Organ Scholar for three years where he accompanied the choir on several recordings as well as on tour at Chichester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. He is Assistant Chapel Musician at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.
Jason is a member of the Royal School of Church Music in America, the Association of Anglican Musicians, the American Guild of Organists, and the American Choral Directors’ Association. He served on the Steering Committee for the 2010 National AGO Convention in Washington DC, and was on the Executive Committee for the 2014 National AAM Convention also held in DC. He is an active member of the Diocese of Virginia's Liturgy and Music Commission and also serves as Secretary for the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He has performed solo organ recitals at Trinity Church in Boston, the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York City, and St. Mark's Church in Berkeley, CA.
Jason celebrates many of the composers currently writing for the church. Under his leadership, Christ Church has commissioned works by Dent Davidson, Joel Martinson, Richard Webster, William Bradley Roberts, Craig Phillips, David Ashley White, Philip Moore, Ray Urwin and Leo Nestor.