East Texas Pipe Organ Festival


November 9-14, 2014 Mark your calendars now!

The East Texas Pipe Organ Festival is a six-day festival featuring the area's Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs designed and tonally finished by Roy Perry. We will visit the organs at First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore; St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Kilgore; First Baptist Church, Longview; St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Shreveport, Louisiana, and others to be announced. Featured recitalists and guest speakers are David Baskeyfield, George Bozeman, Charles Callahan, Casey Cantwell, The Chenaults, Mark Dwyer, Richard Elliott, Jeremy Filsell, Jean Guillou, Stephen Hartman, Michael Kleinschmidt, Christopher Lynch, Larry Palmer, Walt Strony, and William Teague, with special presentations featuring this year's guest of honor, concert organist, Fred Swann, who will also be playing works by Searle Wright and Clarence Dickinson for us at St. Mark's, Shreveport! And, back by popular demand will be a choral concert at First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore recreating the famous Aeolian-Skinner "King of Instruments, Volume X: Music of the Church" in its entirety, plus additional choral works by Sowerby ("Psalm 122") and Purvis (his Cantata, "The Ballad of Judas Iscariot"). Guest harpist, Stephen Hartman, will be joining organist Charles Callahan for a program of music for harp and organ, including a rare performance of Leo Sowerby's Harp Concerto.

Check back often as we announce the addition of other guest recitalists to our schedule.

Hotel Information:

Our official East Texas Pipe Organ Festival Hotel is Comfort Suites of Kilgore, where we have the special festival rate of $89.99 per night per room (per room, not per person, so share a room and save!). When you call to reserve a room, make sure you mention the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival:

Kilgore Comfort Suites Telephone: 903-984-2385

Additional Hotels: Holiday Inn Express also is giving us the special festival rate of $89.99 per night per room. When you call to reserve a room, make sure you mention the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival:

Holiday Inn Express 903-986-3533

And, America's Best Value Inn is giving us a special discount rate of $69.99 per room. Please note, however, we will not be providing bus transportation to and from America's Best Value. It is a short walk to Holiday Inn Express, where we will have bus transportation.

America's Best Value Inn 903-988-2800

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Find us on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQFIKGbrWFk

To purchase CD recordings of some of Roy Perry's and other Aeolian-Skinner installations: www.vermontorganacademy.com

Listen to our links on Youtube featuring some of the organs we will visit:

Alexander Boggs Ryan Plays Reubke on Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1174, Longview, Texas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91blKG5tuKQ

William Watkins Plays Willan "Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAYq56KXZmE

Roy Perry Plays Debussy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP7HFcarXqU

William Watkins Plays Langlais "La Nativite": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxdQ9jG0C-4

Dora Poteet Barclay Plays Reubke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePoTpxFncqk

James Lynn Culp Plays Karg-Elert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvlLd8J2Fn0

Walt Strony Plays Tico Tico: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRP4uzsKg_c

Walt Strony Plays Bizet Carmen Suite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TapJkUFTY8

Visit us again soon for information on the 2014 East Texas Pipe Organ Festival!