Welcome to The LDS Organist Blog

The purpose of this blog is to help pianists learn to become true organists. Many individuals believe that if you play the piano you can play the organ, but the instruments differ greatly. While this blog is specifically geared towards members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, much of the information shared can be utilized by all. I hope that the information I share here will help you become an effective organist in your ward, stake, or other congregation.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Song: Rhumba

Rhumba by Robert Elmore is performed by Robert Plimpton at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion in Balboa Park, San Diego.

This organ is very unique and it's a fun piece. Enjoy!


  1. Just found your blog...it looks great/what a resource! May I suggest that you add a question answer forum or something. Let me start it out here.

    I am in a huge ward with priests that take a LONG time to complete breaking the bread. I usually have to slow the sacrament hymns down quite a bit to avoid having to keep playing them over and over again waiting for the priests to finish.

    One particular song: #184 - "Upon the Cross of Calvary" - gets over way to quickly for this ward and I've had to re-play it as many as 3 times.

    Is it appropriate and/or do you know of any sheet music or other variations on the hymn that are available, to be able to not have to play the exact hymn over and over?

  2. Just an observation... Our stake music chairman is advising that there is nothing in the handbooks that says the organist has to keep playing until the priests are finished. She thinks that the silence after the hymn is sung can add to the spirit of the meeting. The organist in my ward doesn't feel comfortable with that, however. Don't know it that is any help.