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Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival

Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival


The Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival is committed to making the organ and its music relevant to contemporary lifestyles by providing free, widely accessible concert events in a welcoming environment. We educate and enrich our community while inspiring and offering artistic development opportunities to today’s young musicians.


2016-2017 Season 


(All concerts are at 4:00 p.m.)

Sunday, October 30th | 3rd Annual Organ Spooktacular 

All ghost, goblins, and ghouls are invited to this festive and family-friendly concert featuring students from the University of Michigan. Come dressed in your best Halloween costumes and enjoy organ hits such as Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and Boëllmann’s Toccata from Suite gothique. A costume contest will award prizes for best and most creative costumes for both children and adults. A free-will offering will be taken to support the University of Michigan Organ Department’s 2017 tour of Paris to study with world-renowned organists on historic instruments.

Sunday, February 12th | Love at First Sight 

Stephen Warner, organist and his wife Rose Warner, soprano will present a special concert celebrating romance and love with hits from the silver screen and Broadway. The concert will also include Stephen accompanying Buster Keaton’s silent film “One Week” in which a man and his new bride build a house together from a kit after a jealous suitor switches the numbers on the crates. Stephen Warner is the organist at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit and a staff organist at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.

Sunday, March 26th | La Scoperta - Sponsored by YPOF

Members of La Scoperta represent some of the finest specialists of historical performance in the Midwest and have individually performed throughout Canada, Europe and the United States. As their name La Scoperta implies, they come together in unity to discover and experience the richness of 17th-century European repertoire. During the early 1600’s, composers often did not specify instrumentation, but instead labeled parts based on range in the vocal fashion (i.e soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Their program, “per sonare con ogni sorte di stromenti” (which translates “to sound with any sort of instrument”) celebrates this tradition by intertwining the various colors of wind and string instruments with the organ.

Sunday, April 30th | Christopher Houlihan

The young American musician Christopher Houlihan is widely acknowledged as one of the brightest stars in the new generation of organists, praised by the media as “gifted” (New York Times), “dazzling” (Wall Street Journal), and “eloquent” (Los Angeles Times). Houlihan has established an international reputation for his artistry with audience-captivating performances in celebrated venues of major cities across North America and Europe. 

Houlihan studied with Paul Jacobs at The Juilliard School, with John Rose at Trinity College (Hartford), and Jean-Baptiste Robin at the French National Regional Conservatory in Versailles. Mr. Houlihan's two recordings include music of Maurice Duruflé and Jehan Alain, and the Second Organ Symphony by Louis Vierne, both on the Towerhill Records label.

Sunday, June 4th | David Heinze 

David Heinze is currently studying for a Bachelors of Music in Organ Performance at Hope College under Dr. Huw Lewis. David is an honors graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy as well as an alumnus of Interlochen Arts Camp where he studied organ with Thomas Bara. He has performed in cities such as Cambridge, U.K., Toronto, Philadelphia, Interlochen, Grand Rapids, and Ann Arbor. Awards include First Prize and Audience Prize in the L. Cameron Johnson Organ Competition in Storrs, Connecticut and First Prize in the Annamae Rotman Organ Competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. David serves as the John L. Edwards Organ Scholar at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Detroit and is a Teaching Assistant in the Hope College Music Department.


All concerts are FREE & Open to the Public (bring your family, friends & neighbors)

and take place at First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti  300 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti, MI


First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti
300 N. Washington Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Tel: 734-482-1525



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