Office: 029 Chapel Basement
Mailing Address: Box 90974 Durham, NC 27708
John P. Santoianni was named Ethel Sieck Carrabina Curator of Organs and Harpsichords at Duke University in 2002. Among the instruments under his care are the four pipe organs in Duke Chapel: two built by Flentrop Orgelbouw and the others by the Æolian Pipe Organ Company and by John Brombaugh and Associates. In addition, Mr. Santoianni maintains the harpsichords and pipe organs in the Department of Music, and the Divinity School.
Mr. Santoianni is also the proprietor of Advent Pipe Organ Services. His company maintains a wide variety of instruments in universities and churches in the Carolinas, providing services ranging from tuning to rebuilding. Before starting his own company, Mr. Santoianni worked for the Lauck Pipe Organ Company, in Otsego, Michigan, and the Bishop Organ Company, in Boston, Massachusetts. While at the latter company, he was involved in projects on such notable instruments in Boston as the organs at Trinity Church (on Copley Square) and the First Church of Christ, Scientist (the Mother Church).
As an organist, Mr. Santoianni holds a performance degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, where he graduated with Distinction in Performance. His teachers have included Yuko Hayashi, William Porter, and Haskell Thomson. During an academic year in Italy, Mr. Santoianni studied early Italian keyboard music with Stefano Innocenti, of the Conservatorio di Musica Arrigo Boito in Parma. He also visited, played, and performed on historic instruments in Italy and Spain.