Organists Have to Think on Their Feet
Written by Donald Moro   
Monday, 04 February 2013 09:09

Organist DrawingThis past weekend presented a few challenges that made me realize how important it is to be sharp and on your toes (or foot-pedals) when playing a service.

I played a wedding on Saturday, and as usual the music on the wedding program was different from the music I had been given to prepare.  Nothing strange there.  But the program called for the bride to process after her wedding party to the Pachebel Canon.  So I played along, watching the wedding party process down the isle to the altar.  Then I began looking for the bride.

Where was the bride?  No bride.  And funny thing, none of the assembly were standing either.  It was as if everyone was waiting for a more momenteous entrance song.  I glanced over to the wedding planner who gave me this "OK, Don, Do Something" look.

Thankfully I had my wedding music book sitting right next to me.  I ended the Canon in D, flipped through the book to find the Wedding March, and watched as everyone stood up, the bride processed, and all was well.  Whew!

The next day I was playing at a service and when it came time for the postlude I realized that I couldn't find the music.  The book had disappeared!  As the Pastor gave the final benediction, I quickly flipped through whatever music book I had handy and found something that looked loud and strong.  Lo and behold, it was an arrangement of a Bach piece that I knew well.  I site-read the piece with only a few minor goofs (easily hidden) and closed the service in proper fashion.  I later received comments on what a fine postlude I had played.

Wow, how sharp you have to be at all times on this job!

Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2013 09:22