Verdin is not just about selling organs. We believe strongly in the importance of developing new organists, and supporting those who already play, with a broad collection of resources and tools -hence the free monthly Sacred Music Newsletter, The Catholic Organist's Quarterly and an upcoming series of Workshops centered around teaching beginning to intermediate organists.
One of the most fruitful sources of new organists are those who already play the piano and who are looking to make the switch to the organ. However, there is a shortage of material aimed specifically at these players who are more concerned with being effective service players rather than players of concert repertoire. Our materials are aimed squarely at these folks and we believe that we can provide truly effective help to these people with our books and our free monthly e-newsletter.
The Catholic Organist's Quarterly
For those who already play regularly, as well as those who are starting on this road, the Catholic Organist’s Quarterly is an invaluable collection of high quality repertoire, well within the technical capability of most players, providing a broad cross-section of works appropriate for the liturgical season. Published four times a year, the Quarterly is a unique library of music for liturgical organists of many traditions.
The Catholic Organist's Quarterly Complete Set
Complete Set: Printed
$135 for all four issues, printed, bound and shipped.
Complete Set: PDF Download
$75 for all four issues in PDF format.
Wow, I love this volume. It contains exactly the kind of music I need as a Catholic organist. I've always tried to find music that sets a prayerful atmosphere, and isn't too showy or too difficult to play. But I'm tired of browsing around the internet for suitable preludes and postludes. It's cumbersome and usually one piece in 20 is worth keeping in my collection. This book contains everything I will need. I will probably use it every week going forward.
I've had organ students or colleagues ask me what to play for preludes and postludes and I usually just defer them to the internet. It's nice to have 1 book to recommend. It's especially helpful to have music organized according to liturgical feasts. I think this is also the kind of collection that will be both satisfying to accomplished organists, and comforting to novice organists. A portion of preludes based on Gregorian themes is also a huge plus for someone trying to introduce the Gregorian ethos to their parish.
-- Luke Massery, Cleveland, Ohio
A lovely, newly-engraved volume, containing a wide variety of material, specially selected to accord with the quarter of the liturgical year. Contains excellent registration suggestions and playing notes at the end, which should be especially helpful for organists with limited training, those who are self-taught, or those transitioning from a background in piano performance. This is a wonderful book, and I highly recommend it!
--Ryan McEldowney, MMus -- Director of Liturgical Music, St. Francis de Sales Seminary, St. Francis, WI
I basically devoured the music this morning before work on my keyboard attached to Hauptwerk. What an enjoyable time I had.
Here are the things I love:
- So many styles to choose from - from Bach to Berlioz
- High-quality music and easy to read
- Accessible - I'm a grade 5 organ player (I dare not call myself an organist, but have grade 8 piano and ATCL in flute) and I think I could master most of the work
- I love how some of the music is based on the melody of chantsI like that the work is ordered according to feast
- I LOVE the suggestions on how to play at the end
In a nutshell - I feel like this is the answer to our prayers. It is the embodiment of everything an organist (especially a novice) would need to add splendour to divine worship, and lead the congregation in a fitting manner according to the traditions of the Roman Rite.
Thank you so much for your initiative, it is just wonderful!
Jonathan Lee Ching, Capetown, South Africa