Society of Organists (Vic) Inc.

Organ Practice Advice

This links to a PDF with a comprehensive collection of activities to help acquisition of organ playing fluency

Organ Shoes

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About Us

The Society of Organists (Vic) Inc. was 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. 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. The Society aims 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.

opportunities

Opportunities

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Find an Organist

Need an organist for a wedding, funeral or church service? The SOV maintains a list of organists available to play for any number of occasions. Contact our Registrar, Warwick Lewis, on mobile: 0499 171 701 or click on the image to email him.

ANZCO

Our friends at the Australia and New Zealand College of Organists are passionate about keeping the learning of the pipe organ alive. Click on the image to find out more.

OHTA

OHTA has a complete list of every pipe organ in Australia. Click on the image to find out more.

Membership

The Society is the peak body for Victorian organists. Membership includes a monthly newsletter with upcoming concerts and the quarterly Organ Australia, a full colour journal about the organ world in Australia and beyond.

Click here to view our Flagship Publication, Organ Australia

Council

Council

Contact Council Members Here
David Cundy

President

Daniel Bittner

Vice-President

Lynn Blom

Secretary

David Cundy

Webmaster

Robert Craven

Council Member

Colin Prohasky

Editor - Organo Pleno. Colin is not on Council.

Stephen Baldwin

Membership Secretary

Douglas Lawrence

Council Member

Asher Watters-Cowan

Council Member

Ria Angelika Polo

Council Member

Brian Head

Council Member

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“To my eyes and ears the organ will ever be the King of Instruments.”

Igor Stravinsky

“Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament.”

Focus

Our Focus

The Society engages in the following activities
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Organ Visits

From time to time, the society arranges visits to three or four organs in a particular area on a Saturday, during which a communal lunch is arranged at a local restaurant. It is an opportunity for members to visit local organs, hear a bit about the history of the organ, listen to a demonstration, then play the organ themselves. Always a very interesting day.

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Concerts

From time to time the Society supports visiting artists to give a concert and often a masterclass on one of our wonderful organs.

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Organ Music

From time to time the Society runs a competition for budding composers to write Australian music for the pipe organ.

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Encouraging Students

From time to time the Society will give a bequest to a budding student to help with lesson costs and development.

membership

Membership

View our Membership Options here
Full

$6.25

Per Month

  • Organo Pleno Monthly Newsletter
  • Organ Australia Quarterly Journal
  • Flexible Subscriptions
  • Publication Options
Pensioner

$4.55

Per Month

  • Organo Pleno Monthly Newsletter
  • Organ Australia Quarterly Journal
  • Flexible Subscriptions
  • Publication Options
Student

$2.00

Per Month

  • Organo Pleno Monthly Newsletter
  • Organ Australia Quarterly Journal
  • Flexible Subscriptions
  • Publication Options
Pipe Organ

About the Pipe Organ

Encyclopedia Britannica

The Organ, in music, is a keyboard instrument, operated by the player’s hands and feet, in which pressurized air produces notes through a series of pipes organized in scalelike rows. The term organ encompasses reed organs and electronic organs but, unless otherwise specified, is usually understood to refer to pipe organs. Although it is one of the most complex of all musical instruments, the organ has the longest and most involved history and the largest and oldest extant repertoire of any instrument in Western music.

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Membership
New Membership capabilities. We are currently working on providing new membership capabilities where people can sign up on our website, instead of having to go to a third party site. There will also be…
Big Hymn Sing
Scots Church, Melbourne has held a Big Hymn Sing. Watch it on the Scots Church Youtube Channel. Click Read to get the link.
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GPO Box 543, Melbourne Vic 3001