Music from Sainte-Clotilde, Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival

On February 17th, 2013 I attended an organ concert presented by the Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival at thFirst Presbyterian Church in Ypsilanti, MI. Five of the six organists are students of James Kibbie at the University of Michigan. All pieces played were composed by former organists at Sainte Clotilde in Paris, France from 1863 to 1987:
  • César Franck, 1863-1890
  • Gabriel Pierne, 1890-1898
  • Charles Tournemire, 1898-1939
  • Joseph Ermend Bonnal, 1942-1944
  • Jean Langlais, 1945-1987
A complete listing of past and current organists at Sainte-Clotilde can be found here.

This concert was excellent. The organists may be students, but don’t let “student” fool you into assuming that are not first class organists. Most of the students already hold organists positions at area churches and are accomplished organists. 
Organ at First Presbyterian Church in Ypsilanti, MI
Like the Christmas Concert at First United Methodist Church, this concert showed two views of the organist and console on a screen. Two alternating views were displayed – hands on the key boards and feet on the pedals. 

Each organist shared a little about the piece they were about to play or about the composer. The information varied from fun fact to stories. Organist and composer Jean Langlais was blind!

The next Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival concert will be held on March 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Ypsilanti, MI. Program details can be found on their website:

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Heidi Bender writes about her experiences of learning to play the organ. She started on the adventure in 2009.

She also writes on her website Tons of Thanks, which helps people write thank-you notes. Heidi is also a cat lady who writes at The Joy of Cats.

4 thoughts on “Music from Sainte-Clotilde, Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival”

  1. Heidi,

    It is so nice you the interest and take the time to go to the organ concerts. You broaden my knowledge of organs by you going to the concerts and then adding the info to your blog.
    Good Job !!


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