Composing for the Organ: Write What YOU Would Like to Play!
When composing for the organ, begin with arrangements. When you have an already existing tune to work with, you are well on your way. This workshop will examine various compositional styles and techniques that allow you to embellish a tune and make the arrangement your own.
Michael Bedford is Organist/Choirmaster Emeritus of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and President of the American Guild of Organists. Before his retirement in May 2015, he served St. John’s Church for twenty-five years. A graduate of Sherman (TX) High School (1967), he began his church music career at age fifteen as organist of First Christian Church. He holds the BMus, BMusEd and MMus degrees from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and the DMA degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. In 1972-73 he studied organ on a Fulbright scholarship at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany. A prize-winning composer, he has published choral music for children’s, youth and adult choirs, as well as music for handbell choirs and organ.