Pipedreams Regional Organ Events Calendar

Upcoming organ events in and around Minnesota.

Calendar

(See also: Michael’s Appearances)

Last updated on July 19, 2024.

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

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Our Sunday morning MPR broadcasts of PIPEDREAMS are made possible by Members and Friends of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists with information online at TCAGO.org

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.

July 20, Saturday at 6PM – guest soloist Geert d’Hollander (Bok Tower, Florida) plays a free 40-minute concert on the carillon at Central Lutheran Church (333 12th Street South) in Minneapolis, MN.  You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair, snacks and beverages and enjoy the music out-of-doors.  See also Sunday.

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 21 Sunday at 4PM – guest soloist Geert d’Hollander (Bok Tower, Florida) plays a free 60-minute concert on the carillon at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair, snacks and beverages and enjoy the music out-of-doors.

July 23, Tuesday at 12:10 PM – Kaleb Schmidt (Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato), plays a noontime recital on the 31 rank Holtkamp pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (720 S. 2ndStreet) Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation. 

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 24, Wednesday at 12:15PM– Matt Haider (Our Savior’s Lutheran, Chicago) plays a 45-minute program featuring the 51-rank 2005 Schantz organ at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church (17205 Country Road 6) in Plymouth, MN.  Free/donation. 

July 28 Sunday at 4PM – resident soloists David Johnson and Timothy Short play the season’s final free 60-minute concert on the carillon at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair, snacks and beverages and enjoy the music out-of-doors.

July 30, Tuesday at 12:10 PM – John Stender (First Presbyterian Church, Rochester) plays a noontime recital on the 31 rank Holtkamp pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (720 S. 2ndStreet) Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation. 

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.

July 31, Wednesday at 12:15PM – Kraig Windshitl plays a 45-minute program featuring the 51-rank 2005 Schantz organ at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church (17205 Country Road 6) in Plymouth, MN.  Free/donation. 

August 6, Tuesday at 12:10 PM –  Kraig Windschitl (Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Medina), plays a noontime recital on the 31 rank Holtkamp pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (720 S. 2nd Street) Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation. 

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 7, Wednesday at 12:15PM – newly appointed organist Celina Kobetitisch plays a 45-minute program featuring the 51-rank 2005 Schantz organ at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church (17205 Country Road 6) in Plymouth, MN.  Free/donation.  Welcome to the Twin Cities, Celina!

August 13, Tuesday at 12:10 PM – resident musician Christine Schulz (Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mankato) plays a noontime recital on the 31 rank Holtkamp pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (720 S. 2nd Street) Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation. 

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 8, Sunday at 3PM – a special Felgemaker and Friends Benefit Concert featuring regional organists Velda Graham BellThomas HamiltonBrian KappKaren Hanson SandeCharles Sundquist and David Tryggestad, joined by other area musicians (flute, percussion, saxophone, horn, trumpet, violin, and vocalists) celebrate the 1898 Felgemaker pipe organ, the most significant historic instrument indigenous to Minnesota, at the Sacred Heart Music Center (201 West Fourth Street) in Duluth, MN.  Admission $20, plus $5 student-rush. 

September 12, Thursday at 7PM – newly appointed Northrop Organist Greg Zelek makes his Twin Cities debut playing the 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ above the Carlson Family Stage at Northrop on the University of Minnesota main campus (84 Church Street SE) in Minneapolis. MN.  Admission (UofMN students free), also live-streamed. 

September 14, Saturday at 10AM (location TBA):  the PIPEDREAMS Scholarship Auditions (Youth Grades 7-12 and Adult categories) take place today, with deadline for application Monday, September 9.  More information here.

September 14, Saturday at 7:30PM – internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and pianist Martin Katz appear in a fund-raiser for the Rason d’Etre Opera Company, co-sponsored by Listen4Life, as the opening event in the Music Series at the Cathedral of St. Mark (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  Admission.

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 20, Friday at 9:30AM – guest artist Arjan Breukhoven (the Netherlands) presents a masterclass on “Dutch Organ Culture and Improvisation” and at 7PM he plays a free public concert on the Dobson pipe organ in Hoversten Chapel on the campus of Augusburg College (2211 Riverside Avenue) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free.

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 22, Sunday at 2:30PM – young artist Henry Dangerfield presents a solo organ concert on the 87-stop 2013 Foley-Baker organ as part of the Music Series of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.

September 22, Sunday at 4PM – guest artists Samuel Libra (associate organist, St. James’ Cathedral, Seattle) and John Stender (1st Presbyterian, Rochester, MN) present a duet recital of works by David Briggs, Gerre Hancock, Jean Langlais and Gustav Merkel featuring the Schlicker-Dobson organ at Normandale Lutheran Church (6100 Normandale Road) in Edina, MN.  Free/donation.

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 6, Sunday at 4PM – Duluth musician Charles Sundquist plays the inaugural concert on the newly refurbished Fenris organ at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (219 North 6th Avenue East) in Duluth, MN.  Free/donation.

October 13, Sunday at 2:30PM – Minnesota native and Indiana University graduate student Molly Patrick presents a solo organ concert on the 87-stop 2013 Foley-Baker organ as part of the Music Series of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.

October 20, Sunday at 3PM – organist Tom Hamilton presents a solo concert featuring the 35 rank 1956 Möller organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (1710 East Superior Street) in Duluth, 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 25, Friday at 7PM – guest soloist Aaron David Miller accompanies the acclaimed Lon Chaney silent film Phantom of the Opera, featuring the 1898 Felgemaker pipe organ, the most significant historic instrument indigenous to Minnesota, at the Sacred Heart Music Center (201 West Fourth Street) in Duluth, MN.  Admission $20, plus $5 student-rush. 

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.  

November 3, Sunday at 3:00 p.m. – guest soloist Isabelle Demers plays a concert in celebration of the refurbishment of the 56-rank Austin pipe organ at First United Methodist Church, “The Coppertop” (230 E. Skyline Parkway) in Duluth, MN.  Free/donation. 

November 10, Sunday at 6PM – organist Tom Hamilton accompanies a Choral Evensong service featuring the 35 rank 1956 Möller organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (1710 East Superior Street) in Duluth, MN.  Free/donation.

November 14, Thursday at 7:30PM – resident musician Stephen Hamilton, with trumpeter Charles Lazarus, presents a concert of works by Handel, Bach, Guinga, Purcell, Hovhaness, Kenten Coe and Albinoni, featuring the 33-rank 1976 Dobson pipe organ at Olivet Congregational Church (1859 Iglehart Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free/donation. 

November 17, Sunday at 2:30PM – resident musician Raymond Johnston presents a solo organ concert on the 87-stop 2013 Foley-Baker organ as part of the Music Series of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.

December 14, Saturday at 7:30PM – the Cathedral Choir, Choral Society and Orchestra, led by Raymond Johnston, present “A Great British Christmas” program of works by Howard Blake, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Rutter and David Willcocks as part of the Music Series of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.

December 15, Sunday at 4PM – resident musician Stephen Hamilton leads a Festival Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, featuring the 33-rank 1976 Dobson pipe organ at Olivet Congregational Church (1859 Iglehart Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free/donation

December 15, Sunday at 6PM – organist Tom Hamilton accompanies a Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas featuring the 35 rank 1956 Möller organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (1710 East Superior Street) in Duluth, MN.  Free/donation.

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.

January 18, Saturday from 10:00-11:30AM – a special “Morning with the Felgemaker”, an interactive program for accompanied younger children built around music from The Carnival of the Animals to introduce youngsters to the 1898 Felgemaker pipe organ (the most significant historic instrument indigenous to Minnesota), at the Sacred Heart Music Center (201 West Fourth Street) in Duluth, MN.  Free, plus juice and animal crackers at snack time!  

February 16, Sunday at 3PM – resident soloist Charles Sundquist plays period-perfect Romantic-era scores by Mendelssohn, Dudley Buck, and Josef Rheinberger on the 1898 Felgemaker pipe organ (the most significant historic instrument indigenous to Minnesota), at the Sacred Heart Music Center (201 West Fourth Street) in Duluth, MN.  Admission $20, plus $5 student rush. 

February 16, 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 1, Saturday 9AM-3PM - the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists sponsors a Pipe Organ Discovery Day to provide students an opportunity to learn more about the pipe organ and expand their knowledge with “hands on” experience.  Advance registration is required by Feb. 26.  Information and registration options at www.tcago.org on the Event Registration page.  This event will feature three instruments, including the 97-rank Fisk pipe organ, at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free. 

March 2, 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. 

March 7, Friday at 7PM – guest soloist Sarah Hawbecker (Atlanta, GA) plays a solo concert on the 50-rank 2005 Glatter-Götz/Rosales organ at Augustana Lutheran Church (1400 South Robert Street) in West Saint Paul, MN.  Free/donation.

March 7, Friday at 7PM – guest soloist Jelani Eddington accompanies the 1926 Harold Lloyd silent filme “Safety Last” in celebration of the refurbishment of the 56-rank Austin pipe organ at First United Methodist Church, “The Coppertop” (230 E. Skyline Parkway) in Duluth, MN.  Admission.

March 15, Saturday from 9AM to 5PM – the annual (Before) Bach’s Birthday Bash, a sequence of free performances at various Twin Cities locations, co-sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio.  Venues and schedule TBA.  The 9AM hour will be broadcast live by MPR.

March 30, Sunday at 2PM – area musician Charles Sundquist plays a recital featuring the 34-rank 1988 Sipe pipe organ at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary (2801 East 4th Street) in Duluth, MN.  Free/donation.

April 6, 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.

April 27, Saturday from 9AM to Noon – young keyboard players are invited to investigate the potential of splendid Jaeckel pipe organs during a Pedals, Pipes and Pizza event at 1st Lutheran Church (1100 East Superior Street) in Duluth, MN.  For more information and pre-registration contact the Arrowhead chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

May 2, Friday at 7:30PM – guest recitalist Balint Karosi (1st Presbyterian, Philadelphia) presents a solo concert of music by Bach and Friends under the auspices of the Bach Society of Minnesota featuring the magnificent 97-rank 1979 Fisk pipe organ at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Admission. 

May 3, Saturday at 7PM – area organists present an evening In Praise of Bach featuring the 32-rank 1993 Marrin tracker-action organ in the chapel of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, MN.  Free/donation. 

May 17, Saturday at 7:30PM – the Cathedral Choir, Choral Society and Orchestra, led by Raymond Johnston, present “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Ralph Vaughan Williams as the season’s concluding event in the Music Series of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.

May 18, 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. 

June 15, 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, 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.