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
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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Aims & Activities
- 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.
The Society liaises with the other state pipe organ societies around Australia, as well as maintaining ties with UK and US organ societies.
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 $75 p.a.
- Pensioner $60 p.a.
- Student $40 p.a.
- 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.
- Organ Australia Electronic version for non-members
The Southern Cross Collection
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.
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