Stories like this can be all too familiar in churches today, where the organ has received a bad reputation. I submit that this “bad rap” can be related to several things that we as organists can lack if we are not careful: a lack of excellence, a lack of variety, and a lack of passion.
So, one may ask, “How can I do better?” Here are several things to consider when playing the organ in worship so that the instrument can be utilized effectively:
1. Practice makes perfect
2. Switch it up
3. Take a breath
4. Register wisely
5. Don’t be afraid to “pull out all the stops”!
What have you found to be effective in your organ music ministry?
Lorenz Music has recently published Jason's first book entitled, "Dynamic Hymn Introductions". Jason is also in the process of having several of his solo organ arrangements published by Lorenz. These works will be available in Fall 2013.
Jason's hobbies include improvising and arranging music, golf, travel, gardening, and spending time with his family. More information about Jason can be found on his website, www.jasonpaynemusic.com.