Spreckels Organ SocietyRoss Porter, Executive Administrator - San Diego, CA
The Spreckels Organ Society is a volunteer-driven 501-C-3 non-profit founded in 1988 to preserve, program, and promote the Spreckels Organ as a world treasure for all people.
All concerts on the Spreckels Organ are free to the public in accordance with the original Deed of Gift by John and Adolph Spreckels. Concerts are held every Sunday at 2 p.m. for one hour (rain or shine) and on Monday nights comprising the International Summer Organ Festival. The Society’s volunteers help to make concerts a special experience for the audience, with programs, greeting, and shared insights.
The City of San Diego oversees the use of the Organ Pavilion and funds the Sunday concerts, while the membership and supporters of the Spreckels Organ Society produce and fund the Organ Festival and other events such as Family Festival Days, artistic collaboration, musical scholarships, educational experiences for students, and special projects to improve the organ and the audience’s experience of it.
Membership in the Spreckels Organ Society helps to make this music happen, and ensures that the Spreckels Organ will continue to amaze future generations. Membership benefits include:
* 10% gift shop discount
* Invitations to member events
* Close-up volunteer opportunities
* Support for musical programming and educational scholarships
Special days at the Organ Pavilion include;
~ Bark in Balboa Park, a get-acquainted day shared with the San Diego Humane Society
~ Family Festival Days that offer introductory information to kids and families about pipe organs, music in San Diego, and other arts organizations
~ Christmas Singalong at holiday time, the Christmas Tree lighting early each December
~ Earth Fair programming in April
~ Halloween movie night in 2014
~ and a Centennial Concert on December 31, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. that will be once-in-a-lifetime!
Centennial 2015 programming highlights include;
~ "San Diego Sings! Festival 2015" – an all-day Choral Marathon set for Saturday, March 21, 2015 including a world premiere of "How Can I Keep From Singing?" by San Diego composer Bradley Nelson
~ A special public concert in coordination with the City’s "Garden Party of the Century" on Saturday, May 9, 2015
~ Memorial Day Organ Marathon to benefit Operation Rebound
~ 12 concerts comprising the Summer International Organ Festival on Mondays from June through August
~ A Halloween 2015 silent movie, and more
Sunday concerts now webcast! Click on this link for the schedule of broadcasts.