Philip Allen Smith: October 15, 2000
Philip Smith is Minister of Music and Organist at The Church of Our Saviour, Episcopal in San Gabriel, a historic parish in Los Angeles. Appointed Organ Conservator, Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2004, he plays demonstrations for groups, introducing the organ to guest artists and serving as an ambassador for the organ in Los Angeles.
In 2006, he was featured in the new book about the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ, “A Forest of Pipes” and released a demonstration CD on the organ with expert Manuel Rosales, who built the famed organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Most recently, he is featured in the new DVD, “The Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ”—the newest edition of this book, “10th Anniversary Edition” is has more pictures and interviews.
Whether appearing as a soloist, a member of the Price/Smith Duo for trumpet and organ, or as an accompanist for choral groups in Southern California, Phil has earned bravos worldwide – from Stockholm,
Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; Wiesbaden, Germany; and Dublin, Ireland in Europe to concerts across the United States; San Francisco, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Jackson (Michigan), Walnut Creek, Pasadena, Tustin (California), and Los Angeles.
He also is the organist for the yearly “Holiday Sing-along” in December at Walt Disney Concert Hall during the Christmas season. Philip is past Dean of the Los Angeles Chapterof the American Guild of Organists.
He was awarded the degrees of Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organ from Spring Arbor College in Michigan (1974) and a Master of Music Degree in Organ and Church Music from the University of Michigan (1978). His teachers have been Carol Toploski, Mary Anderson, Albert Bolitho, Robert Clark and Cherry Rhodes.
Toccata und Fuge d-moll, BWV 565: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Two Chorale Preludes: J.S. Bach
Ach bleih bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649 (Schubler Chorale)
Wir glauben all en einen Gott, BWV 740 (Catechism Chorale, Clavierubung, Part III, No. 13)
Fantasie über “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott”: John Knowles Paine (1839-1906)
Choralpartita über “Lobe den Herren”: Joseph Ahrens (1904-1993)
Theme and Variations:
Hymn: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
Hymn: Verse 1
Hymn: Verse 2
Hymn: Verse 3
Hymn: Verse 4
Praeludium g-moll: Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Festivals: Gordon Young (1919-1998)
Variations on Sunday School Tunes “Will There be any Stars in my Crown”: Virgil Thompson (1896-1989)
Symphony No. 5, Opus 42: Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)