ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIPE ORGAN STOPS ***
World's most complete encyclopedia of organ stops. A work in progress. By checking the revision history, you can view new additions.
BAROQUE MUSIC.ORG ***
A very complete site with many fine links and magnificent engravings. A few of its notable links are:
Baroque Composers and Musicians – J. S. BACH
Silberman Museum and other sites
The Baroque Lute-Harpsichord - A Forgotten Instrument
An Overview of Bach's Cantatas
An exhaustive site dedicated to the cantatas of J. S. Bach, compiled from various postings. Includes a link to
Arrangements & transcriptions of Bach's works for organ. Some excellent articles, one of which is Chorale Melody Allusions in Bach's Vocal Works.
Louis Vierne (1870-1937) The Man and his Music
Not sure of the author's qualifications, but he has certainly combined a lot of secondary source information with sound links, mostly from Youtube, that are not without bias. Buyer beware as they say.
A listener-supported internet audio station with a focus on music of the classical organ. It maintains a growing library of music that currently contains over 13,000 tracks. Features classical organ music recorded all over the world.
Pipe Organs.Com plus helpful links. Guides to the purchase or rebuilding of pipe organs and much more. Note helpful info. on MIDI and fundraising
Young Person's Guide to the Pipe Organ by Sandra Soderlund
Or even an old person's guide. This is a site ripe for development. Basically an online dictionary, it is a bare-bones guide to the basics of the pipe organ. Useful for those new to the pipe organ, it includes a glossary of terms with very brief, sketchy definitions.
The British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS) ***
exists to encourage and promote the study of the pipe organ, its history and design, and to increase appreciation and understanding of its music by both organists and the general public. This site operates the National Pipe Organ Register (Britain) The NPOP contains details of 28,000 organs, including 6000 pictures. Some sound files included. Another valuable resource is the Historic Organ Sound Archive, which amis to record music appropriate for historic instruments.
A site devoted to organs in France. Includes specifications, some photos. Brush up on your French, (or German) because the English text option is not operable at the moment.
An electronic mailing list whose members discuss musical, technical and historical aspects of organs of all kinds–classical, theater, electronic, reed, tracker, electropneumatic, etc. Organ specifications, recitals (past and future), recordings, jobs (wanted and available), restoration hints, and news of progress in restoration projects. Requests for advice or information are encouraged, and stories of your experiences and knowledge are eagerly consumed. In short, if it is interesting and about organs or organ music, this group would like to hear about it.
Contains valuable links to other organ-related sites.
Of particular interest is Individual Organs and Organ Tours NOTE: Last updated 12/2010. Many "dead" links.
See especially Other Links of Topical Interest NOTE: Last updated 5/2010. Sites of varying quality; some obsolete links.
A list for organists, people who like organ music, church musicians, folks who like church music. Few limits to topics, almost anything of interest is fair game. A JOIN site.
J. S. BACH
"A website dedicated to building a community of people who love the pipe organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach."
More of a hobbist's site than a scholarly site. Another JOIN site.
LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS
A branch site of the Worship and Spirituality site of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. For church musicians in general and devoted to church music and the arts. Extensive list of organ sites listed in Music & the Kinetic Arts.
American Guild of Organists
The primary United States organization for organists, it encourages excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, certifies its members, provides networking, fellowship and mutual support, nurtures the future generations of organists, promotes the organ in its historic and evolving roles and engages wider audiences with organ and choral music.
Royal College of Organists
The Royal College of Organists is a charity and membership organization for the promotion and advancement of organ playing and choral directing. As a professional examining body, the College has a long history of accrediting organists and choral directors in order to maintain the highest standards in musical performance and music teaching.
Royal Canadian College of Organists
Founded in 1909, the RCCO is a nationwide interdenominational community of professional and amateur organists, church musicians, choral conductors, and others sharing an interest in the organ and church music.
Organ Historical Society
The Organ Historical Society is dedicated to documenting and preserving historic pipe organs and to raising public awareness and appreciation of America's organ heritage. The Society promotes a widespread musical and historical interest in American organbuilding through collection, preservation, and publication of historical information, and through recordings and public concerts.
A British site containing a wealth of wonderful links to organ composers, associations, education, choral music, recordings, publishers, organ building, restoration and maintenance. Of particular interest is Organ Composers and their Works. (Canada might not be too happy.)
Updated daily, permits unrestricted downloads and no-edit viewing. Find free choral scores, texts, translations and other useful information that are no longer copyright controlled.
Created August, 2008; updated September, 2012
Please send suggestions for additions or corrections to W. Dan Hardin