Jared D. Cookis a native of Houston, Texas. He began his formal organ study at age seventeen with Stephen Morris, and is currently a junior Organ Performance major at Baylor University where he studies with Dr. Isabelle Demers.
During his time at Baylor, Jared has competed in numerous competitions. In the 2018 William C. Hall Pipe Organ Competition, he was awarded first place in the undergraduate division, as well as the prize for outstanding hymn playing. His sophomore year he was selected as the organ division winner in the 2018 Baylor School of Music Semper Pro Musica Competition, and performed in a recital at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City.
In addition to competing, Jared has served as the organ scholar at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Houston, TX and the Principal Organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Waco, Texas where his responsibilities included accompanying the Chancel Choir and service playing.