"To promote and fund the art and music of the classical organ in new and traditional media." The Organ Media Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, chartered in January of 2011 to encourage and help those who seek to share the art and music of the classical organ in its many forms with a wider world through the use of both traditional and emerging media forms. As technology becomes an increasing part of our daily lives, we want to ensure that the organ continues to be heard, not only in our churches and concert halls, but everywhere around the world. The music of the organ often speaks to us from a different time and age, and so we must work to ensure that its musical voice continues to sound through the conduits and channels our modern world provides. It is the goal of the foundation to bring the labors of those that work to create and recreate the music of the organ to a willing, listening, and watching world. Through our work we hope that the music of the organ will continue to inspire as it has for so many centuries.
Organ Media Foundation
6622 Michigan Ave
St. Louis, MO 63111
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Scott VanZuiden is a teacher of mathematics, originally from Northwest Illinois. Having great interest in the pipe organ, he served on the Organ Team at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, IA from 2005 - 2008. The team selected the talents of the Bigelow & Company Organ Builders to erect Opus 33, which was dedicated to the church in December, 2008 and an Inaugural Recital was performed on May 15, 2009. Scott enjoys attending organ recitals, and is privileged to support a foundation that promotes the classical pipe organ.
Eric McKirdy has played the organ in church since the age of 14, and later studied organ performance at the University of Oregon with Dr. Barbara Baird. He has performed as an organist across North America and the United Kingdom, and is in frequent demand as an accompanist for several choirs in the Pacific Northwest. As a member of both the American Guild of Organists and the Church Music Institute, Eric has served in executive leadership roles and organized frequent outreach events.
He currently serves as principal organist and music director at Albany First United Methodist Church in Albany, Oregon, where he plays for Sunday services and directs the Chancel Choir, which toured and performed across Ireland in 2016 and England in 2018. In addition, Eric produces two organ recital series each year during Lent and Advent which are presented on the church's IV/55 Möller pipe organ.
Eric enjoys teaching private lessons to a small number of students locally, and remote students via Skype. In his free time, he manages a Facebook group for church choir directors, currently with just under 2000 members from around the globe. He and his wife, Rachel, live in Salem, Oregon with their family.
Ben Oberkfell began an interest in streaming media during his undergraduate studies, as the engineer for KWUR, Washington University's radio station. He has built the mobile apps for Organlive, as well as performed technical advisory services for other community radio stations. Ben is a mobile engineer at The New York Times, and has held similar roles at American Express and Jive Software. Before his mobile development work, he wrote software for the Human Genome Project and cancer research projects in St. Louis. Ben has been a longtime technical advisor to the Foundation.
A lifelong fan of the organ, David McPeak has worked in the console department of Aeolian-Skinner, for the Andover Organ Company, and was the first employee hired by Charlie Fisk for his new organ company in Gloucester, C.B. Fisk. Now retired, Mack has also worked as a medical photographer and property manager. He has been a longtime supporter of Organlive, helping to find and save rare recordings for broadcast. Mack is an active attendee of organ recitals in the Boston area helping to discover upcoming organist talent.
Dr. Damin Spritzer has been full-time Assistant Professor of Organ at the University of Oklahoma with the American Organ Institute since Fall of 2015. She is Artist-in-Residence for Cathedral Arts at the Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew in Dallas. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Leupold Foundation, dedicated to the preservation of pipe organ music and culture, and is active in the Dallas and Southern Plains Chapters of the American Guild of Organists in various roles. She is a concert organist having performed around the world. She has 4 CDs on the Raven label, and has been heard on Michael Barone’s nationally-syndicated “Pipedreams®” radio broadcast. She received her doctorate from the University of North Texas, her Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.