Welcome to the Society of Organists (Vic) Inc.

Patron in Chief: Her Excellency The Hon Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria
Patrons: The Right Revd Andrew St John DD, Mr Douglas Lawrence OAM

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The Society of Organists (Vic) Inc., founded in 1938 by a small group of Melbourne organists who felt the need for a fellowship of organists sharing the same communion of interests, to encourage and uphold high musical standards amongst members, teachers and students of the organ, as well as fostering an interest in the organ and its music in the wider community.

Herbert Davis was elected the first President by his founding colleagues. The Society is a descendant of one of the oldest organists associations in the world and its origins can be traced back to the formation of a society of organists in Melbourne in 1887.

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Book an Organist

If you are looking for an organist, please contact our Registrar of Deputies, Warwick Lewis, on
0499 171 701 or send an email to: 
[email protected]

Organs in Australia

Visit our friends at the Organ Historical Trust of Australia to learn about organs in this country.

Learn the Organ

Want to learn the organ? You are never too young or too old. Visit our friends at ANZCO.

What's On

Find out what's happening in the organ world around Victoria - concerts, organs for sale, organist positions. Find it all in our monthly magazine, Organo Pleno.


SOV Council

Council Members 2020
Please click on a link below to email the respective council member
David Cundy


David Cundy


Daniel Bittner

Vice President

Lynn Blom


Asher Watters-Cowan

Council Member

Douglas Lawrence OAM

Council Member

Brian Head

Council Member

Ria Angelika Polo

Council Member

Robert Craven

Council Member

Warwick Lewis

Registrar of Deputies (Not on Council)

Colin Prohasky

Newsletter Editor (Not on Council)

David Cundy

Editor, Organ Australia


Organo Pleno Newsletters

Annual Reports

List of Annual Reports

Organ Australia

Organ Australia Website


Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord


Aims & Activities

What the society engages in


  • To promote and cultivate an interest in, and a love of the organ and its music.
  • To promote a friendly exchange of ideas amongst members of the Society.
  • To promote meetings, events and publications pertaining to the organ.
  • To encourage a high standard of musicianship amongst its members.


The Society arranges visits to organs old and new, organ playing competitions or masterclasses, is occasionally involved in choral and organ festivals, concerts by International and Australian organists, and other musical and social events. Encouragement is given to younger people to learn, play and enjoy the vast repertoire of the organ.


State Societies

The Society liaises with the other state pipe organ societies around Australia, as well as maintaining ties with UK and US organ societies.


Organ Builders

We are fortunate in Australia to have some fine organ builders. The Society is pleased to be associated with organ builders in this country who build, refurbish, repair and continuously maintain our fine  instruments.

Ordinary, Pensioner, Student

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Membership Options

Annual Subscription

Membership Types

  • Ordinary $75 p.a.
  • Pensioner $60 p.a.
  • Student $40 p.a.
  • 12 months Organo Pleno (electronic)
  • 12 Months Organ Australia (electronic)
  • Early Notification of Concerts
Printed Journals



  • Organo Pleno Postal $20 p.a.
  • Organ Australia Postal $65 p.a. (within Australia)
  • Organ Australia Postal $75 p.a. (Overseas)
  • Organist's Review Postal (UK) $75 p.a.
Non-Member Option

Organ Australia


  • Organ Australia Electronic version for non-members

The Southern Cross Collection

A Collection of 20th Century Australian Music for the Pipe Organ

Published in 2009, The Southern Cross Collection is an initiative by the Society of Organists (Vic) Inc. to address the dearth of Australian organ music by celebrating the music of some local composers in this publication. This book, comprising 105 pages of varying styles and playing standards, has something for everyone.


Our Blog

Notices from the Society of Organists (Vic) Inc.

Our Blogs

This is where we will place posts when they come to hand.

Packard Harmonium organ
Free to a good home. Antique Packard Harmonium. The owner says "The organ still works by pumping one pedal, the second pedal needs the strap reattached (antique dealers have said they do not want…
Organ Builder position in Brisbane
Pierce Organ Builders is looking for someone to join the team. An experienced pipe organ builder is needed for our Australian pipe organ team based in Brisbane, Queensland. Suitable applicants must have excellent skills…

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