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.

Feel free to browse and search this blog. It was started in January 2010 and while new posts aren't added very often, this blog contains a wealth of information and is a wonderful resource for all organists. If you're a new reader, you can find the first lesson here: Before We Begin: Acquiring the Essentials. Also, please "like" the corresponding facebook page, which is updated more often. A link is provided on the right sidebar, or you can click here.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday Song: Disney's Haunted Mansion Theme

Happy Halloween! A day late, here is this week's Halloween Sunday Song.

Organist Joseph Momot plays the theme from Disney's Haunted Mansion on the 1920 Moller Pipe Organ at Our Lady of Pompeii RC Church in Lancaster, NY on 10/20/08.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Song: How Great Thou Art, gospel style

I thought it would be fun to have today's Sunday Song be a little different. This is the organ solo of the late Mr. Sammy Berfect at the 114th Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A., Inc. in New Orleans, LA.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Song: L'Ascension by Messiaen

Olivier Latry playing Messiaen's L'Ascension, for solo organ. This was just posted on YouTube today. I do not know what organ he's playing, but it's gorgeous:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Please use this site as a resource

I created this blog to help teach pianists to become organists. At first, I had 3-4 posts a week, which included a lesson, article, Sunday song, and sometimes a random post. Once I covered most of the initial material I had planned for this blog, I slowed down, posting as I came up with topics.

As you can see, I've tried to keep up the Sunday Songs, but the other posts have been lacking. Please feel free to browse past lessons and articles. I sat down today to post something, but I only had a few minutes, which wasn't enough to research out the topics I would like to share, so I thought I'd just let you know that I'm still here and to share a little image I created.

Don't forget about my facebook page. I'm happy to answer questions there, or you can comment on any past post. You can find the facebook link on the right sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sunday Song: Spitfire Prelude

Andrew Unsworth plays Spitfire Prelude by William Walton, arr. Dennis Morrell on the Mormon Tabernacle Organ.