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, August 28, 2011

Sunday Song: Chorale Prelude on "Welwyn"

Chorale Prelude on "Welwyn" for organ by Bradley A. Slocum, organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, California.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday Song: Star Trek: Voyager

Played and arranged by Rob Stefanussen on a Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organ.

His comment: Haverhill sample set's abundance of strings and celestes made it possible to achieve an unusually orchestral sound for an organ. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Song: Toccata in e minor

Pachelbel's "Toccata in e minor" performed by 17-year-old Collin B. at the Lagerquist Concert Hall, Mary Baker Russell Music Center at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington on the Gottfried & Mary Fuchs Organ, built by Paul Fritts & Company, 1998, Opus 18, 3 manual 54 stops.

Recording notes: Although the camera was located near the performer in the organ loft, the audio was captured by digital recorder (Edirol by Roland) positioned in the seating area of the concert hall.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunday Song: God of Our Fathers

Before we get to today's Sunday Song, I just wanted to take a moment to say how much I enjoyed the BYU Organ Workshop this week. It is truly a life-changing experience that I look forward to each year.

Normally I don't ask for comments, but if you could take a moment today to tell me what you enjoyed about the workshop if you're ever attended, or to share why you did not attend, I would really appreciate it.


Attendance was down this year, and I'd like to use this blog to help see what can be done to increase attendance in the future.

Now on to today's Sunday Song. This is Ty Thompson, playing his own arrangement/improvisation on the Pipe Organ at the United States Naval Academy. This console is the Worlds Largest Drawknob console.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Day 1 of the BYU Organ Workshop

After registering I had some pumpkin bread and milk and now I'm sitting in the Madsen Recital Hall in anticipation of the opening session. As I looked over my preferred classes, I was very excited to see that I'll be spending my early afternoon with Linda Margetts!

My plan for today is to either attend Highlights from the History of the Organ or Playing Bach's Greatest Hits; Organ Building and Registration: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands; practice during the lunch hour; attend the Level 4 Organ Technique and Repertoire class; Hymn Improvisation; another hour of practice; then end with Putting it all Together: Getting our Congregations to Sing.

I'm also looking forward to Lella Pomeroy's concert this evening. If you're local, you can attend the evening activities. Her concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall at BYU. Tomorrow evening is the Hymn Sing with Bonnie Goodliffe and it will be amazing!

Monday, August 1, 2011

At the BYU Organ Workshop

I'm currently at the BYU Organ Workshop and have enjoyed Dr. Bush's pre-workshop class. Keep an eye on my Twitter feed on the right column of this site. Technology permitting, I'll try to keep it going. Also, feel free to follow this blog on facebook. There's a link on the right-hand side as well.

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