Organ Festival

Festival Beginnings

Along with the voices of the worshipers and the choirs, the organ that is cherished for its unique breath is used for musically expressing and sharing our faith. On Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 the Quimby Opus 70 IV manual / 57 Rank Shirley and Ralph Morgan Memorial Organ was dedicated. Ken Cowan from Rice University Shepherd School of Music gave the dedicatory concert on May 2, 2014. The Catalina Organ Festival was established in 2014 with a winter series of 3 major concerts, and a summer luncheon series, called ‘In From the Heat.’

Internationally Renowned Musicians

The organ festival has recently hosted international organists such as: Isabelle Demers, Christopher Houlihan, Dorothy Papadakos, Peter Krasinski, Raul Prieto Ramirez, Jan Kraybill, Thomas Mellan, and a host a regional players for the summer series: Emma Whitten, Janet Tolman with Grant Lange,trumpet, Jeffrey Campbell, David Horr, Margaret Martin Kvamme, Paul Lee, Skye Hart, Dennis Grannan, Jared Isaac Aragon with Samivaya and David Ramirez on flute, Douglas Leightenheimer, Pamela Decker, Woosug Kang, to name a few who have graced the chancel with their talents.

Sci-Fi Silent Film Organ Extravaganza!

The Catalina Organ Festival is bringing another silent movie film to Tucson on October 19, 2018Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist science fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang and written by Thea von HarbouDr. John Schwandt will provide improvisational music on the Ralph & Shirley Morgan Organ with the showing of the film.

The plot: In the future, in a city of Metropolis, wealthy industrialists and business magnates with their top employees reign from high rise towers, while underground dwelling workers toil to operate the great machines that power the city. John Fredersen is the city’s master. His son Freder has his life interrupted by Maria who has brought some young workers children to the city. There are hallucinations that figure into the plot of the film. There are robots and much more action in the film! The horrors of explosions, floods and other calamities fill the film with action.

Attendees are encouraged to dress up in the genre of the film to join in the fun of this bygone era of silent movies.

Awards will be given for the most original costumes! Come join the fun at Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson.

Costumes, Prizes, Music and more. Join the fun!

Upcoming Events

Crista Miller concert on January 18, 2019 sponsored by Robert Stoebe honoring the late Laurie Stoebe.   Douglas Cleveland will be cosponsored by the Southern Arizona American Guild of Organists (SAAGO) and the Catalina Organ Festival on Friday, February 22, 2019.