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 new posts will be added regularly. If you're a new reader, you can find the first lesson here: Before We Begin: Acquiring the Essentials.
Today's Sunday Song is Ralph Vaughn Williams' arrangement of Rhosymedre, played by Leslie Ryan on the organ of All Saints Church Oystermouth Swansea. In the LDS hymnal, this hymn tune is set to the text of "Our Father, by Whose Name."
My name is Jennifer, and I am the mom to six little ones. The flute was my instrument throughout my youth. As a music education major I took a semester of group organ at BYU with Carol Dean. Two years later I was called as ward organist in her stake and again studied with her during that year. I dabbled on the organ for a number of years after that, but started studying the organ seriously again in August 2010 and have made great progress.
At the end of 2009 I realized that there are very few resources out there for pianists who are called to play the organ and wanted to help fill that gap, so this blog was born in January 2010. I hope you find it helpful!