Pipedreams Regional Organ Events Calendar

Upcoming organ events in and around Minnesota.

Calendar

(See also: Michael’s Appearances)

Last updated on May 24, 2024.

Related link: Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

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We are excited to provide information on vibrant musical happenings in Minnesota and beyond. The organ is featured in each event listed. Some of these may be streamed, too, and others may be offered exclusively online.   

Here’s what is on the calendar in coming days and weeks.  Many events were tentatively ‘go’ at the time of posting, but specific information may change.  Though we will attempt to keep the information on this page current, please consult the individual venues for any last-minute changes and to confirm accuracy.

June 1, Saturday at 4PM – as part of the church’s 17thannual Bach Tage, resident musician David Cherwienplays a program of music based on Martin Luther’s paraphrase of the Lord’s Prayer, the Lutheran chorale Vater under im Himmelreich, featuring the 55-rank 1966 Schlicker pipe organ at Mount Oliver Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. 

June 2, Sunday at 4PM – as conclusion to the church’s 17th annual Bach Tage, guest conductor Kathy Romey leads performances of Bach’s Cantata No. 101 with choir and orchestra, and the motet Vater unser, der du bist by Heinrich Schütz, at Mount Oliver Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. 

June 4, Tuesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 2024 Downtown Organ Recital Series, guest soloist Kraig Windschtl plays the 74-stop Reuter/Walker pipe-digital organ at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 Sixth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

June 7, Friday at Noon – guest recitalist Stacie Lightner (St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran, St. Paul) presents the first of four concerts in a Fridays at Noon in June series featuring the new 61-rank Letourneau-Casavant organ at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (700 Snelling Avenue South) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free, with cookies-and-lemonade reception afterwards.

June 9, Sunday at 3PM – guest soloist Horst Buckholz (Music Director, Archdiocese of Detroit) plays a concert on the 50-rank 2008 Noack tracker-action organ in the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (5250 Justin Road) just outside La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation.  The Culina Mariana Café in the Visitors Center is an excellent place for pre-concert lunch. 

June 10, Monday at 5:15PM – as part of the Association of Anglican Musicians conference, Abraham Wallace, a doctoral student at the University of Michigan, presents a solo recital of works by Hancock, Howells, Messiaen, Bach, Holst, and George Walker on the 67-rank 2001 Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 Soutn 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.   The public is invited.  Free/donation

June 11, Tuesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 2024 Downtown Organ Recital Series, guest soloist Harold Vetter plays the 74-stop Reuter/Walker pipe-digital organ at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 Sixth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

June 11, Tuesday at 5:15PM – as part of the Association of Anglican Musicians conference, the vocal ensemble Kantorei, led by Adam Reinwalt and Anthony Rangel, with pianist Daniel Bridston and organist Madeleine Woodworth, present a Vespers Service featuring the 1959 Casavant-2022 Letourneau pipe organ at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (700 South Snelling Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  The public is invited.  Free/donation.   

June 12, Wednesday at Noon – celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Organs In Review summer concert schedule, series organizer Vicki Gornick plays a program of favorites on the rebuilt 1924 Estey pipe organ at the Cathedral of St. Joseph (1st Avenue & Fourth Street West) in Chisholm, MN.  Free/donations to the local organ scholarship fund.  Lunch will be provided afterwards for a nominal fee at the nearby United Methodist Church.

June 12, Wednesday afternoon at 3PM – as part of the Association of Anglican Musicians conference, guest soloists Isabelle Demers and Damin Spritzer present a joint concert of solos and duos by Jason Roberts (premiered), Rachel Laurin, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, and Searle Wright featuring the augmented 1961 Holtkamp-2020 Pasi pipe organ in the splendid St. John’s Abbey Church, Collegeville, MN.  The public is invited.  Free/donation.   

June 14, Friday at Noon – guest recitalist David Lim (St. John’s in the Wilderness Episcopal, White BearLake) presents the second of four concerts in a Fridays at Noon in June series featuring the new 61-rank Letourneau-Casavant organ at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (700 Snelling Avenue South) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free, with cookies-and-lemonade reception afterwards.

June 14-15, Friday and Saturday, starting at 8AM Friday – HymnStock 2024, a two-day marathon featuring local and international organists accompanying the singing of every verse of every hymn in the Lutheran Book of Worship, the festival celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Achtiederbuch, the first Lutneran hymnal, and a benefit to support the organ project at St. John’s Lutheran Church (625 12th Avenue) in Howard Lake, MN. You're invited to sing along, whether it's the entire hymnal or just a few hymns whenever it fits in your schedule. We'll be joined by lots of organists and other musicians who will accompany the singing, and food will be served throughout the event. We'll start at 8 AM on Friday, June 14, and we'll wrap up around 10:30 Saturday morning, including a celebration breakfast. (Yes, we'll be singing all night!)  

June 18, Tuesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 2024 Downtown Organ Recital Series, guest soloist Samuel Holmberg plays the 74-stop Reuter/Walker pipe-digital organ at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 Sixth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

June 19, Wednesday at 12 Noon – Duluth area organist Justin Rubin continues the 40th Anniversary Season of the Organs in Review summer concerts with a performance on the historic Barton-Berschdorf pipe organ, with many ‘theater organ traps’, in the splendid Hibbing High School Auditorium (800 East 21st Street) in Hibbing, MN.  Free/donation to the local organ scholarship fund. 

June 19, Wednesday at 12 Noon – as part of a 30th anniversary celebration, Noah Carlson plays a concert on the 39-rank 1994 Hendrickson pipe organ at Central Lutheran Church (259 West Wabasha Avenue) in Winona, MN.  Free/donation.

June 21, Friday at Noon – resident organist Timothy Strand presents the third of four concerts in a Fridays at Noon in June series featuring the new 61-rank Letourneau-Casavant organ at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (700 Snelling Avenue South) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free, with cookies-and-lemonade reception afterwards.

June 25, Tuesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 2024 Downtown Organ Recital Series, guest soloist Samuel Backman plays the 74-stop Reuter/Walker pipe-digital organ at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 Sixth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

June 26, Wednesday at Noon – continuing the 40th Anniversary Season of the Organs in Review summer season, Ray & Nadine Berg oversee a multi-performer Variety Program featuring the 18-rank Möller-Gould pipe organ at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (501 East 23rd Street) in Hibbing, MN.  Free/donation to the local organ scholarship fund.  Lunch will be provided afterwards for a nominal fee. 

June 28, Friday at Noon – guest recitalist Nils Halker (St. Clement’s Episcopal, St. Paul) presents the final of four concerts in a Fridays at Noon in June series featuring the new 61-rank Letourneau-Casavant organ at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (700 Snelling Avenue South) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free, with cookies-and-lemonade reception afterwards.

July 3, Wednesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 17th season of the Northfield Noontime Organ Recital SeriesJames Bobb plays a patriotic program on the 74-rank Holtkamp organ in Boe Chapel (1523 Campus Drive) on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  Free.

July 9, Tuesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 2024 Downtown Organ Recital Series, guest soloist Brian DeYoung plays the 74-stop Reuter/Walker pipe-digital organ at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 Sixth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

July 10, Wednesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 17th season of the Northfield Noontime Organ Recital SeriesJay Zoller plays the 26-rank Dobson organ at St. John Lutheran Church (500 Third Street West) in Northfield, MN.  Free.

July 16, Tuesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 2024 Downtown Organ Recital Series, guest soloist Daniel Lewis plays the 74-stop Reuter/Walker pipe-digital organ at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 Sixth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

July 17, Wednesday at 12 Noon - as part of a 30th anniversary celebration, Sue Walby plays a concert on the 39-rank 1994 Hendrickson pipe organ at Central Lutheran Church (259 West Wabasha Avenue) in Winona, MN.  Free/donation.

July 17, Wednesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 17th season of the Northfield Noontime Organ Recital SeriesRichard Collman plays the 45-rank Steere-Möller-Rutz organ in Skinner Chapel (405 First Street East) on the campus of Carleton College in Northfield, MN.  Free.

July 21, Sunday at 3PM – guest soloist soloist Leo Abbott (Holy Cross Cathedral, Boston) plays a concert on the 50-rank 2008 Noack tracker-action organ in the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (5250 Justin Road) just outside La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation.  The Culina Mariana Café in the Visitors Center is an excellent place for pre-concert lunch. 

July 23, Tuesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 2024 Downtown Organ Recital Series, guest soloist Nathan Elsbernd plays the 74-stop Reuter/Walker pipe-digital organ at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 Sixth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

July 24, Wednesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 17th season of the Northfield Noontime Organ Recital SeriesJohn Schultz plays the 10-stop Holtkamp organ at Bethel Lutheran Church (1321 North Avenue) in Northfield, MN.  Free. 

July 30, Tuesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 2024 Downtown Organ Recital Series, guest soloist Sebastian Modarelli plays the 74-stop Reuter/Walker pipe-digital organ at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 Sixth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

July 31, Wednesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 17th season of the Northfield Noontime Organ Recital SeriesJoanne Rodland plays the 27-rank Kney organ at Northfield United Methodist Church (1401 South Maple Street) in Northfield, MN.  Free.

August 6, Tuesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 2024 Downtown Organ Recital Series, guest soloist Lee Afdahl plays the 74-stop Reuter/Walker pipe-digital organ at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 Sixth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

August 7, Wednesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 17th season of the Northfield Noontime Organ Recital SeriesNoah Klein plays the 1898 8-stop Kilgen organ the historic Valley Grove Lutheran Church (9999 East 155th Street) in Nerstrand, MN.  Free.

August 13, Tuesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 2024 Downtown Organ Recital Series, guest soloist Emily Roth plays the 74-stop Reuter/Walker pipe-digital organ at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 Sixth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

August 14, Wednesday at 12:15PM – as the final event in the 17th season of the Northfield Noontime Organ Recital SeriesStephen May plays the 52-rank Johnson-Schlicker-Rutz organ at 1st United Church of Christ (300 Union Street) in Northfield, MN.  Free. 

August 18, Sunday at 2PM – theater organist Mark Herman presents Hoorray for Hollywood!, a program of music from your favorite MGM musical classics, featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts () in Hudson, WI.  Admission.  

August 20, Tuesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 2024 Downtown Organ Recital Series, guest soloist Alexander Meszler plays the 74-stop Reuter/Walker pipe-digital organ at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 Sixth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

August 21, Wednesday at 12 Noon – as part of a 30thanniversary celebration, Daniel Lewis plays a concert on the 39-rank 1994 Hendrickson pipe organ at Central Lutheran Church (259 West Wabasha Avenue) in Winona, MN.  Free/donation.

August 25, Sunday at 3PM – guest soloist Andrew McDonald plays a concert on the 50-rank 2008 Noack tracker-action organ in the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (5250 Justin Road) just outside La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation.  The Culina Mariana Café in the Visitors Center is an excellent place for pre-concert lunch. 

August 27, Tuesday at 12:15PM – as part of the 2024 Downtown Organ Recital Series, guest soloist Aaron David Miller plays the 74-stop Reuter/Walker pipe-digital organ at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 Sixth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

September 15, Sunday at 3PM – resident organist Isaac Drewes and guest soloist Carolyn Diamond present A Colossal Kaleidoscope of Colorful Sounds, a varied program to celebrate the resources of the magnificent 107-rank 1963 Casavant organ at Central Lutheran ChurchI (222 South 12th Street) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation. 

September 21, Saturday at 3PM – resident musician Scott Turkington plays a concert on the 50-rank 2008 Noack tracker-action organ in the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (5250 Justin Road) just outside La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation.  The Culina Mariana Café in the Visitors Center is an excellent place for pre-concert lunch. 

September 28 Saturday at 7PM – visiting virtuoso Chelsea Chen appears in concert in the Chapel Arts Series featuring the 56-rank 19987 Gabriel Kney tracker-action pipe organ in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel of the University of St. Thomas (Cleveland Avenue at Ashland) in St. Paul, MN.  Free/donation.  

October 23, Wednesday at 7PM – theater organist Dennis James accompanies Muted Mystery, the original 1916 silent film Sherlock Holmesfeaturing the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI.  Admission.

October 28, Monday at 6PM - - the 20th annual Tricks and Treats with the Mighty Organ concert with resident organist Bill Chouinard in the Sanctuary of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Road) in Mahtomedi, MN, featuring the splendid 1927 108-rank Casavant/Schantz organ. The performance, replete with special lighting and video effects, is designed with young listeners in mind and children are invited to come in costume.  Come early for pizza sold by the slice from 4:30 - 6:00 in the adjoining Fellowship Hall gathering space.  A free-will offering will be receivable both prior to and following the concert.  For more information and any updates, visit  www.saintandrews.org or call 651-426-3261.  

December 20, Friday at 7PM – organist Bill Chouinard teams up with the Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble for A Brass and Organ Holiday program featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI.  Admission. 

February 16, 2025, Sunday at 3PM – organist Aaron David Miller provides accompaniment to the classic 1928 Buster Keaton silent film The Cameraman, featuring the remarkable 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ above the Carlson Family Stage at Northrop on the University of Minnesota main campus in Minneapolis. MN.  Admission.

March 2, 2025, Sunday at 4PM – the National Lutheran Choir appears in concert in the Chapel Arts Series featuring the 56-rank 19987 Gabriel Kney tracker-action pipe organ in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel of the University of St. Thomas (Cleveland Avenue at Ashland) in St. Paul, MN.  Free/donation. 

May 18, 2025, Sunday at 4PM – guest organist David Cherwien leads a Hymn Festival as the concluding event in the season’s music series featuring the 55-rank 1965 Casavant pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4100 Lyndale Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation. 

April 6, 2025, Sunday at 3PM – prize-winning guest soloist Filip Presseisen (from Poland) provides improvised accompaniment to the classic silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, featuring the remarkable 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ above the Carlson Family Stage at Northrop on the University of Minnesota main campus in Minneapolis. MN.  Admission.

June 15, 2025, Sunday at 2PM – organist David Wickerham presents a Red, White & Blue Spectacular of musical Americana featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI.  Admission. 

July 13, 2025, Sunday at 3PM – guest soloist Benton Schmidt (Newman Center, North Dakota State University) plays a concert on the 50-rank 2008 Noack tracker-action organ in the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (5250 Justin Road) just outside La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation.  The Culina Mariana Café in the Visitors Center is an excellent place for pre-concert lunch. 

July 27, 2025, Sunday at 3PM – guest soloist Margaret-Mary Sauppé (Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, Los Alamos, NM) plays a concert on the 50-rank 2008 Noack tracker-action organ in the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (5250 Justin Road) just outside La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation.  The Culina Mariana Café in the Visitors Center is an excellent place for pre-concert lunch. 

Postponed - Date TBA - resident artist Larry Martin concludes the 2023-2024 season of Tuesday Organ Recitals featuring the 57-rank 1998 Casavant pipe organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (506 Cedar Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.