Supporting the Beginning Organist
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. 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 resources are aimed squarely at these folks. Also, be sure to sign up for our free Sacred Music Newsletter at the bottom of the page.
"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. To preview and purchase these volumes and many other valuable resources, please visit the Sacred Music Library at Frog Music Press by clicking here.
"Creating Soundscapes with Rodney Barbour"
Celebrated organist, Rodney Barbour, has recently produced an exciting and invaluable series of instructional videos for the beginning organist. This 10-part video series focuses on the basics of creating easy and appropriate organ registrations for the many distinct parts of worship services —spanning from prelude to postlude and everything in between. Beginning on May 28th, 2018, a new episode in this video series will be released each week detailing the use of the organ's many voices including additional orchestral MIDI voices to enhance your music. Links will be made available after each episode's release.
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
Episodes and 2018 Availability Schedule
Episode 6: July 2
"Harpischord and Strings"
Episode 7: July 9
"Brass and Percussion"
Episode 8: July 16
Episode 9: July 23
"Foundations, Mixtures, Reeds, and Chorus"
Episode 10: July 30
"Creating a Soundscape"