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.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday Song: I am black but comely, O Ye Daughters of Jerusalem

I am black but comely, O Ye Daughters of Jerusalem from Vêpres du Commun des Fêtes de la Sainte Vierge, opus 18, also known as Fifteen pieces.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Song: Come, Come Ye Saints

Come, Come Ye Saints performed on the Tabernacle Organ by Clay Christiansen, who also arranged this piece. Happy Pioneer Day!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday Song: Again the Lord's Own Day is Here

Today's Sunday Song is Again The Lords Own Day Is Here (Tune - Christ Triumphant).
Richard Shireby plays the 1-manual Henry Jackson (Lincoln UK) tracker pipe organ at the church of All Saints, Hougham, Lincolnshire.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday Song: Harry Potter

In honor of the upcoming/recent release (depending on where you live) of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, here is today's Sunday Song.

Performed by Stephane Eliot at the Film Music Concert during the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 (if I understand the translation properly). Enjoy!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunday Song: America the Beautiful

I thought I'd have the Sunday Song post on the 4th of July. Have a wonderful day!

Andrew Unsworth, organist playing the LDS Conference Center Organ; America the Beautiful by Samuel A. Ward, arr. Unsworth



And here's a bonus piece: Variations on "America" by Charles Ives, played by Aaron Robinson, organist on the "Mighty Immanuel Organ" at Immanuel Baptist Church in Portland, Maine.