Online Resources for Organists

Updated 8/9/23

NB: Many files on this page are in PDF format and may require Adobe Acrobat Reader

CAZAGO Archives

NEW! Jun 2, 2023: CAZAGO Soirée Musicale: A Members Recital & Banquet programorgan spec

• Oct 9, 2022: Season Opening Hymn Festival & Investiture of Officers: Hymns for Him programvideo

• Jun 10, 2022: Organ Plus Members Collaborative Recital program

• Nov 7, 2021: Kimberly Marshall Celebrating Notre Dame program

• Sep 26, 2021: CAZAGO 2021–22 Season Opener: Rejoice & Sing bulletinvideo

• Jun 6, 2021: Dr. Michael Bauer: The Art of Practicing

• Apr 25, 2021: Chapter Members Concert video

• Apr 17, 2021: Chapter Scholarship Students Concert video

• Mar 14, 2021: Elisa Williams Bickers Songs of Promise video

• Feb 6, 2021: Valerie Harris Stress-Free Playing workshop handout • video

• Jan 24, 2021: Kimberly Marshall Organ Sound for Healing video

• Oct 25, 2020: Skye Hart Virtual Concert Music of Hope and Remembrance videoprogrambio

• Sep 20, 2020: Matthew Thomspon Tech Tips for Church Online workshop handout • video

Mar 7, 2020: Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler Sight Reading Workshop handout

Mar 1, 2020: Dexter Kennedy Concert program

Nov 3, 2019: Stephen Hamilton Concert program

Nov 2, 2019: Stephen Hamilton New Church Music Repertoire Workshop handout

1948–1998 50th Anniversary Celebration
A searchable compilation of the history and programs of the Central Arizona Chapter American Guild of Organists from its founding until 1998. (PDF format.) If search/find does not work correctly in your browser, download the PDF file, then open in Acrobat to search.

• Programs from the Past –
1950s: Virgil Fox 1953 (TC bulletin notice), Virgil Fox 1955
1960s: Mildred Andrews 1961, Alexander Schreiner 1965, Virgil Fox 1966 (flyer & contract)
1970s: David N. Johnson 1971, Marie-Madeleine Duruflé 1974 (& flyer), Virgil Fox 1978, David N. Johnson 1979 (& flyer)

Organ Music

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library
The International Music Score Library Project! IMSLP is attempting to create a virtual library containing all public domain musical scores, as well as scores from composers who are willing to share their music with the world without charge.

The Mutopia Project
Free downloadable public domain music/midi files/other links.

Organ Transcriptions of Cantata Mvts. by J.S. Bach
The Warner Icking Music Archive, where you can download organ transcriptions of works by J.S. Bach. (PDF format.)

Free at Last
A comprehensive collection of links to free Public Domain organ music by Richard Konzen.

Free Downloadable Works of J.S. Bach
An alternative to IMSLP, in PDF format.

• CD Sheet Music
Three CDs of organ music, as printable PDF files, representing the complete organ works of J.S. Bach, a sizeable collection of other Baroque organ music, and a respectable anthology of French Romantic organ works. Usually available from various other music vendors, so shopping around for the best price is recommended, though still a very cost–effective way of acquiring these scores — not to mention the savings in space.

Organs and Organists

The Aeolian–Skinner Archives
History, opus lists, specs, and more, of the Skinner and Aeolian–Skinner companies.

The Organ Historical Society Pipe Organ Database
This site is the publicly accessible gateway for a relational database that was established in 2004 as a digital catalog of all pipe organs either built or installed in North America.

The National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR) v2.19
The National Pipe Organ Register is provided by the British Institute of Organ Studies. The NPOR contains details of 35,000 organs including 10,000 pictures and 260 sound recordings.

Musforum: The Online Magazine for Women Organists –
The online magazine for women organists, celebrating their accomplishments and wide-ranging interests. We are advocates for women organits in liturgical music and higher education and aim to support our colleagues in reaching their professional goals and aspirations.
~Gail Archer: Founder and Editor

The Pipe Organ Forum: Magle International Music Forums –
Pipe organs, organ music, and organist related topics.

The Pipe Organ Mailing List: Pipe Organs and Related Topics (PIPORG–L) –
To subscribe, send an email using the above link or to listserv@albany.bitnet;
[Message Body: SUBSCRIBE PIPORG–L “your name”]
     PIPORG–L discusses musical, technical and historical aspects of organs of all kinds — classical, theater, electronic, reed, tracker, electropneumatic, etc. Stoplists, recitals (past and future), recordings, jobs (wanted and available), restoration hints, news of progress in restoration projects are all interesting. 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, this group would like to hear about it.

The Hidden Life of a Pipe Organ
A superb infographic for non–organists on the inner workings of a pipe organ.

The Origins of the Pipe Organ
Part of Yamaha's online musical instrument guide.

How It's Made: Pipe Organs
Discovery/Science Channel's "How It's Made" Pipe Organs episode.

The Pipe Organ on Film
From the Phantom of the Opera to The Tree of Life, the organ has a distinguished history in film, not only in musical scores but on the screen itself. Whatever its role, be it as a musical instrument or as a prop, its presence lends an extra dimension to a movie.

Organs in the Movies
A fun and informative page listing movies where an organ of one kind or another is featured.

The New York City Organ Project
Organs present and past in the five boroughs of New York City.

A multitude of pipe organ specific pinboards to browse or pick and chose images from. Here’s one to get you started.

• Southern Indiana AGO Organ Gallery

The source for pipe organ music events, concerts and recitals worldwide. Also essays, organ performance reviews and recommended organ books and music.

Social Networks

CAZAGO on Facebook | CAZAGO Facebook Group Page

Our own CAZAGO local Organ Gallery on

Organ Resources

NEW! • Organ Works by Black Composers
Calvert Johnson's remarkably comprehensive and still largely up-to-date list.

NEW! • The Organ Manual
A place where all things organ come together.

NEW! • Vox Humana
Current ideas, trends, and research about the organ.

NEW! • Organ Music & Research Resources
A compilation by the Vox Humana Editorial Board of global resources about organ music.

• Poetry Explorer
A selection of classic and contemporary poetry about organs, organists, and music.

Organ and Orchestra
Selected repertoire for organ and orchestra: a list compiled by Michael Barone .

Organ Plus
A catalogue of ensemble music for organ with other instruments by Leslie P. Spelman, 4th edition.

The History of Organs
A brief overview of organ history with links for more specific reading and study.

The Organ Site
Have fun browsing entries of 5,030 organs in 78 countries, 15,700+ photos, and 7,600 organ music tracks for download!

• The world’s most complete Encyclopedia of Organ Stops
A work in progress.

A Soup–to–Nuts Bibliography
(and some recordings too) about the organ, acoustics, tuning, music history, theory, and more.

An Arizona Pipe Organ Encounter Page: A Resource for Students
The original inspiration for this resource page. NB: the page is included here for archival purposes and is not maintained; many of the links are duplicated here.

Organ Music Recordings

Complete Bach organ works to download free!
Recorded by Dr. James Kibbie on original baroque organs in Germany.

International Historical Organ Recording Collection
A site for public domain historical organ recordings. A true goldmine!

Écouter de L’Orgue (Listen to the Organ) –
A collection of soundfiles and videos featuring Bach and French Classic works performed on, in many cases, historic instruments.

is an impressive radio music program produced and distributed by American Public Media. Each 90-minute show features organ music and centers about a theme such as a particular organ, organ builder, performer, composer, period, genre, etc. Host Michael Barone's witty remarks, sonorous voice, and syncopated speaking style contribute to the program's unique, captivating tone.
is a listener–supported internet audio station with a focus on music of the classical organ. We maintain a growing library of music that currently contains over 21,000 tracks. Our library features classical organ music performed on pipe, electronic, and combination instruments recorded all over the world.

Organ Music Videos

Music at Trinity Church, Wall Street
May require WinMediaPlayer.

Organ Videos on –
A large and ever–changing collection, from the sublime to the ridiculous, but well worth browsing for gems like these Reger, Bach, and Jongen samples:

St. Bavo, Haarlem Organ Videos on –
Various videos of the famous Christian Müller pipe organ.

J.S. Bach “Concertato” Prelude from BWV 532
John Scott Whiteley of York Minster plays the Arp Schnitger organ (restored by Jürgen Ahrend) at the Jakobikirche Hamburg. Great videography!

St. Sulpice Organ Videos on –
Daniel Roth, Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin, et al.

Virgil Fox performs Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante
live in NHK Hall, Tokyo (June, 1977) on the V/90 Schuke pipe organ with a superb symphony orchestra! Other Fox videos of interest also.

All About Music and Composers

BinAural Collaborative Hypertext (BACH)
is software that integrates musical scores with audio and commentary on the web. In other words, a very impressive (but still small) collection of interactive scores with audio along with commentary about the composers & music, served up by Northern Arizona University. (Requires Shockwave® Player.)

MusicWeb International
While actually a classical CD review site, is another excellent resource for information about composers...especially if you would like to find recordings of their works. See, for example, this entry about Alfred Hollins.

Choral & Vocal Music Buy • Sing • Sell –
Great condition music from the leading online broker of lightly-used choral music. Also sell your unused choral scores!

ChoralWiki: Choral Public Domain Library
A great idea, and an amazing and useful ever–expanding resource! Begun in December 1998, CPDL is one of the world’s largest free sheet music sites. You can use CPDL to find scores, texts, translations, and information about composers.

Art Song Central
is principally an archive and directory of free, printable sheet music for singers and voice teachers. An emphasis is placed on standard classical and traditional repertoire. Additionally, IPA transcriptions are now available for every German, French, Italian and Latin song in the index.

Hymns, Hymnals & Tunebooks

The 1543 Geistliche Lieder zu Wittemberg
Because you never know when you'll need the original printing of Erhalt, uns Herr.

• The Standard Catholic Hymnal
Compiled, edited, and arranged by James A. Reilly in 1921.

Pius X Hymnal (Theodore Marier,1953)
The classic Roman Catholic hymnal free online.

The Hymnal of St. Pius X
The other Pius X hymnal (Aussie) as a free ebook.

St. Basil’s Hymnal (Revised Edition)
Another venerable Roman Catholic hymnal online as a free ebook.
A comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals.

Oremus Hymnal
This online hymnal is no more as of May 30, 2017. However, hymn suggestions for the 3-year lectionary are still available.

The Hesperian Harp, Dr. William Hauser, 1848
Index and links to all the music from the largest, and arguably the best, of the shape-note tune books of the nineteenth century.

The Sacred Harp
“A collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, Odes, and Anthems ...” A browsable PDF version of the White/King 1860 edition in the MSU online libraries.

Give Him Glory!
A hymn commissioned by the Kern County Chatper AGO for the 2013 Region IX Convention in Bakersfield.

Music Notation & Scoring

Two highly recommended Facebook groups:

Music Notation Forum for Church Musicians | Music Engraving Tips

Free music composition & notation software. Highly recommended!

San Andreas Press Winscore
Version 5.01 of the Score Music Publishing System. Windows only. Not free, but still a high–quality industry standard.

Music Fonts
Luc Devroye’s comprehensive and informative music fonts resource.

Partifi is a free and automated tool for creating parts from music scores. Made for musicians by musicians.

Music Notation Links
Gerd Castan’s comprehensive music notation links site.

MIDI Resources

• MIDI 101: How to get started with MIDI
A reasonably good starting point to learn more about creating a basic home MIDI studio. MIDI sequencing (when it's all working right) can be a great tool for original composition, arranging, creating rehearsal recordings, and a myriad of other things.

The Silvis Woodshed
is a large collection of MIDI files (standard choral repertoire, plus!) and tools to help singers learn their notes so that they can be ready to turn it into music when they go to rehearsal.