Welcome to the church organists site!
This site is dedicated to church organists
and our wonderful ministry of Christian music!

 

The emphasis of this site focuses on challenges and possibilities that we organists and minister of music face as we minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ in song and music.  I have found improvisation to be such a vital component in our ministry that I want to share many of my improvisation experiences with you.  I hope you will also take the time to share your wonderful and maybe not so grandiose experiences while improvising on the organ.  

 

God bless you,

 

John Cavicchio 
Minister of Music, First Presbyterian Church, Freehold, NJ

 


 

3816777 look inside The Oxford Book of Ceremonial Music for Organ Edited by Robert Gower. For organ. Level C-D (moderately difficult - difficult). Collection. 128 pages. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193754089).

 


You may never hear this organ piece again!"

 

The Art of Organ Improvisation

 

I am seated at the console, ranks selected, mostly at random, eyes closed,  fingers on the keys. The music begins to speak. My soul reaches out to the Divine and now I am in the midst of a conversation with God Almighty. 

My fingers speak, my ears listen. I tell a story, speaking in an language known only to my soul.  This is the art of organ improvisation.

My improvisation "compositions" far outnumber my written compositions, although all have the same genesis.  "A Mighty Fortress," which I have written out in sheet music format, is totally improvised. I sat at the organ bench, the recording studio patiently waited for me to play. The resulting video is what came out.  

So this site will be a work in progress for you,  my friend, as I attempt to write down some of the ways I have been able to create improvisational music while sitting on the organ, or piano bench.

Listen to "A Mighty Fortress." Check out my YouTube channel, full of improvisations on hymns, etc, and most important, leave some feedback on the "Improvisation Blog Page.  I'm anxious to hear your opinions.

Thank you,

John Cavicchio