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, September 25, 2011

Sunday Song: Aria on "Jewels"

After the Relief Society broadcast last night, I thought it would be nice to feature Bonnie Goodliffe for today's Sunday Song. Here she plays Dale Wood's Aria on "Jewels" at the Mormon Tabernacle Organ.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Song: Lament

Lament for organ is a free improvisation by composer and organist Frederik Magle, from the double album "Like a Flame." Performed on the pipe organ in Jørlunde church, an 11th century church close to Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Song: When Peace Like a River

Never Forget

Jerrod Coates performing "When Peace Like a River" on the Robert Turner Organ at the Grace United Methodist Church located in Baltimore, MD.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday Song: Widor's Toccata from V Symphony Op. 42 No. 1

88-year-old Charles-Marie Widor plays his Toccata from Symphony No. 5, Op. 42 No. 1 at St. Sulpice in Paris. This piece is often played faster than Widor plays it: