The organ is an ideal instrument to highlight ceremonial occasions such as graduations, academic events, award presentations, special meetings and assemblies and other public events.
Ceremonial organ music can highlight the importance of the occasion by adding a sense of grandeur or moments of solemnity where appropriate. There is truly something unique about experiencing live music played during a special occasion!
As each ceremony is different, it is difficult to provide a general selection of organ music. However, you may browse through the weddings and funerals page to get some idea of popular organ repertoire.
For example, the ACU publish guidelines for music at their graduation ceremonies. Here are some interesting points from the document which favour an organist and organ music at the ceremony:
- Provision of music to the highest possible standard, subject to the limitations of the graduation venue, its acoustics, sound system and support available
- The music will be appropriately celebratory, uplifting and appropriate to a ceremonial occasion
- Organ music is preferred, followed by piano music and then recorded music
- Music selection must allow for adaption to accommodate the length of time required for the procession/recession
Please contact James for further guidance. He will be happy to consider any special requests provided the music is suitable, possible and agreed upon within the specified timeframe.
Watch the video below to see how organ music can enhance a ceremonial occasion (AMEB Victoria Conferring of Diplomas Ceremony 2016).
Note: The video link provided is for example only and may not necessarily reflect the musical arrangements on the day.
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