Pipedreams Regional Organ Events Calendar

Upcoming organ events in and around Minnesota.

Calendar

(See also: Michael’s Appearances)

Last updated on June 20, 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.

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 12:10 PM –  Mark DeGarmeaux (Bethany Lutheran College), plays a noontime recital on the 13 rank Hoppe instrument at Christ the King Lutheran Church (222 Pfau Street) Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation. 

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 2, Tuesday at 12:10 PM – David Mertesdorf (Minneapolis), plays a noontime recital on the 13 rank Hoppe instrument at Christ the King Lutheran Church (222 Pfau Street) Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation. 

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 4, Thursday at 4PM – the summer season of Twin Cities carillon concerts commences with a program of patriotic repertoire performed by resident musician Timothy Short at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free.

July 6, Saturday at 6PM – guest soloist Jennifer Lory-Moran (Cornell University) 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 7, Sunday at 4PM – guest soloist Jennifer Lory-Moran (Cornell University) 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 9, Tuesday at 12:10 PM – Grace Kunkel (SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Mankato), plays a noontime recital on the 13 rank Hoppe instrument at Christ the King Lutheran Church (222 Pfau Street) Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation. 

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 14, Sunday at Noon – guest soloist Wade Fitzgerald (Indiana University) plays a free 40-minute concert on the carillon at Central Lutheran Church (333 12th Street South) in Minneapolis, MN.  And then at 4PM he will play a 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 16, Tuesday at 12:10 PM – Thomas Andrews (Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New Ulm), 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. 

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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.  

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 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. 

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 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 1, 2025, 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, 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. 

March 7, 2025, 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.

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 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.