About the Surrey Organists' Association...
Supporting organists in our area
Operating across much of Surrey, the SOA provides advice and support for organists - whatever their experience and level of expertise.
Training new organists (Organ Student Scheme)
The scheme is particularly suitable for pianists wishing to learn another instrument, and for those who ‘reluctantly’ have been asked to step in when no organist is available. The SOA provides an initial set of ‘free-of-charge’ lessons, and a small grant towards music. For continuing students, we can suggest local teachers, and provide further support through our education programme. For more information, see our Organ Student Scheme page.
Events - Informative workshops and visits
Our continuing education programme provides topics of interest to players of all levels in workshops directed by experienced musicians. Subjects recently covered include improvisation, hymn playing, practice techniques, as well as advice for new organists, and those taking a first appointment. We also arrange visits for members to play organs in different locations, both within Surrey and further afield. For more information, visit our Events page.
Organ tuition at all levels
Looking for regular lessons, or just some occasional help? We have a list of experienced tutors who will help with ABRSM grades, organ scholar applications, diploma exams, as well as basic hymn playing! For more information, contact us (see below).
Looking for an organist, either temporarily or for a permanent position?
We may be able to help – our 'Find an organist' page includes a list of local organists who deputise for weddings, funerals and some Sunday services. If you are looking to fill a permanent position, we are happy to display a short advert (free-of-charge), and will circulate this to our members in the next newsletter.
Membership - join us
If you would like to join us and participate in our programme, please contact our Secretary, Ian Wickens, email email@example.com, or phone 01252 312410.
Our current annual subscription is £13 payable on the 1st October each year. Where new members join more than halfway into the subscription year, ie after 1st April, a half rate of £6.50 will apply for the remainder of that year. Student membership is free.
For general enquiries, please contact the current Chair of the SOA committee, Ian Church; email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 07860 520686.