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Organ Recital by Joseph Arndt (In-Person and Livestream)

Sunday, August 7 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

Joseph Arndt is Music Director at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Our organ recital series features some of the finest organists playing one of America’s great organs. Grace Cathedral’s 7,466-pipe Aeolian-Skinner instrument, the Charles B. Alexander Memorial Organ (1934), is one of the first and finest American classic style organs, and is among the largest church organs in the West. Experiencing music in our gothic cathedral with its unique acoustics, soaring nave and jewel-like stained glass windows is a feast for the ears, eyes and soul.  

Registration is encouraged, but not required.

Event Details

The cathedral will open for seating at 3:30 pm. The entrance to the cathedral is at the top of the Great Steps. The accessible entrance is via the breezeway on Sacramento Street between Taylor and Jones Streets or via the garage elevator.

About the organist 

Joseph Arndt is Music Director at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He led the campaign for the parish’s 2018 chancel organ, Opus 173 by Schoenstein & Co. He founded the Oklahoma Bach Choir, an ensemble dedicated to performing the sacred vocal works of J. S. Bach with period instruments. His past two seasons with the Bach Choir have included BWV 1, 4, 10, 19, 29, 35, 51, 62, 140, and 230. He and guest conductor Timothy Brown (retired from Clare College, Cambridge) have also presented complete performances of Handel’s Messiah. Many of these Bach and Handel performances have been broadcast on Public Radio Tulsa. A graduate of The Juilliard School (MM) and Westminster Choir College (BM), he studied organ with Paul Jacobs, Ken Cowan, and Diane Meredith Belcher. He is Chair of Planned Giving for the Association of Anglican Musicians and the most recent past Dean of the Tulsa Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He has served as adjunct instructor of harpsichord and early music at Oklahoma City University and the University of Central Oklahoma.  

In September and October 2022, he and Adam Pajan will perform the twelve major organ works of César Franck in a tour including performances at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, and St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Denver. They will also give a Franck workshop at the American Guild of Organists National Convention in Seattle. In 2023, he, Adam Pajan, and the St. John’s Chamber Choir will offer the complete 20 canticle settings of Herbert Howells in a special Choral Evensong series. This will include a service for the Tulsa Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists and a residency at Norwich Cathedral in England. 

COVID Safety

Mask are required inside the cathedral. Visit our regathering page for the latest information on our safety protocols.

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