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.’
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The Catalina Organ Festival has recently hosted international performing organists Olivier Latry, Katelyn Emerson, David Enlow, John Schwandt, Raúl Prieto Ramírez, Isabelle Demers, Ken Cowan, Peter Krasinski, Colin Lynch, Jan Kraybill and Dorothy Papadakos. International artists, Renée Anne Louprette and Chelsea Chen have also performed here. Planning and contract work are in process for the 2019-2020 season. In addition, to the major winter concert venues the summer ‘In From The Heat’ luncheon recital series feature local organists from the Southwest. Joseph Ripka, Gordon Stevenson, Ji-Sun Lee and Michael Lich, classical guitar were on the 2018 summer schedule. Other local organists have brought memorable recitals to our summer series such as Margaret Martin Kvamme, Paul Lee, Pamela Decker, Jeffrey Campbell, David Horr, Douglas Leightenheimer, Woosug Kang, Emma Whitten, Janet Tolman with Grant Lange, trumpet, Jared Isaac Aragon with Samavayaand David Ramirez on flute. The festival is looking forward to a 2019 summer season. Announcements will be made as soon as dates are confirmed.
Crista Miller concert on January 18, 2019 sponsored by Robert Stoebe honoring the late Laurie Stoebe. Douglas Cleveland’s concert at Catalina UMC will include the western premiere of U of A Professor Dr. Pamela Decker’s mammoth new work, The Last Seven Words and Triumph of Christ’ The large commissioned work was featured at the National AGO Convention as part of Dr. Decker’s AGO Distinguished Composer of 2018 award. So. AZ AGO Chapter is also a support sponsor for this concert at Catalina.