Established in 1950, the Organ Music Society of Sydney is a non profit organisation consisting of people who are interested in the organ and its music. An invitation to join us is extended to all and our current membership comprises amateur and professional organists, other musicians, students, organ builders, churches and musical organisations or guilds. Our Society has formal and fraternal links with other bodies of organists in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe, the United States and Canada.
We aim to foster an interest in the organ and its music. We arrange concerts and recitals, we regularly hold visits or "rambles" to instruments of interest, we mount competitions that attract cash prizes, we hold masterclasses and open days and other activities designed to promote the instrument and assist those who play it or who are interested in studying it. Our interest is not just restricted to pipe organs in churches but also extends to other forms of organ technology such as electronic and digital instruments.
Some members have left their organ music to the Society and this is currently stored at St Stephen's, Macquarie St. Those wishing to borrow music need to organise a time with Mark Quarmby (0413 166 803). There are currently two collections. These can be viewed on the library page.
We are able to provide expert and impartial advice, if requested, on design and construction of new organs and reconstruction or refurbishment of existing instruments. We can assist in finding teachers who might suit those interested in beginning a study of the organ or who might be seeking further tuition. We have a stock of overseas periodicals and other media related to the organ that members can borrow.
Sydney Organ Journal
We publish a quarterly magazine, The Sydney Organ Journal, which is distributed to all members and newletters giving advice about specific activities are posted to members as necessary.
In 1999 the Society formed a Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Members can choose to pay a supplement to their normal annual Organ Music Society Membership fee which then entitles them to membership of the Sydney Chapter of the AGO as well. AGO members receive The American Organist monthly as well as enjoying all the other benefits of membership of the AGO.