Frederick Swann

Frederick Swann

Frederick L. Swann is a prominent American church and concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor, and former president of the American Guild of Organists (20022008). During his career spanning more than a half-century, he has performed on most of the well-known pipe organs in the world and made numerous compact disc recordings. Swann has been called "one of the country's most distinguished organists". He is Organist Emeritus of the Crystal Cathedral and the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.

Swann currently lives in Palm Desert, California, where he is Artist-in-residence at St. Margarets Episcopal Church and University Organist and Artist Teacher of Organ at the University of Redlands.

Swann was associated with the music ministry of the famed Riverside Church in New York City from 1952 through 1982, first as substitute organist (19521957), then as organist (19571965) joining the legendary Virgil Fox there until the latter's departure in 1964. Between 19661982, Swann was organist, choir director, and director of music at Riverside.

Beginning in 1982, Swann was organist and music director at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. During his tenure at the Crystal Cathedral (19821998), he was widely regarded as the most visible organist in the world, as millions in every major city in more than 165 countries worldwide saw and heard him on the weekly televised services.

Swann then served as organist of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, California, between 1998 and 2001, playing one of the largest church organs in the world. The gargantuan instrument has more than 20,000 individual pipes.

As an internationally recognized concert organist, he frequently performs at recitals throughout North America, Europe and the Far East. In one recent season, Mr. Swann performed more than 40 recitals throughout North America and in two European tours, including special appearances at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Paul's Cathedral in London; and Passau Cathedral in Germany. Widely known for dedicating new organs, said to exceed 600 in churches, concert halls, and auditoriums during his long career, Swann was chosen to dedicate the new instruments at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Illinois, with the Chicago Symphony in 1981 and at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, California, with the San Francisco Symphony, in 1984. On September 30, 2004, he played the inaugural concert of the 6,125-pipe organ of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The following month, he performed at the largest pipe organ in the island nation of Bermuda, playing the 88-rank organ of St. Paul's Anglican Church there.

The Los Angeles Times called Swann's playing "Splendid, probing, brilliant and entertaining ... As always, Swann is an inspiration". Baltimore Sun music critic Tim Smith has called him "one of the country's most distinguished organists". Swann is currently Artist-in-residence at St. Margarets Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California.

Swann has served on the faculties of New York City's Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music, Teacher's College of Columbia University, and chaired the Organ Department of the Manhattan School of Music for ten years. He is currently University Organist and Artist Teacher of Organ at the University of Redlands in California.

In 2002, Swann was elected president of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He was re-elected in July, 2006, to a third two-year term as president of the 25,000 member organization.

In 2002, he was named "International Performer of the Year" by the New York Chapter of the AGO. On April 13, 2008, the AGO saluted him at an AGO Gala recital at First Congregational Church in Los Angeles as the "Crown Prince of the King of Instruments" for his "dedicated service ... for more than a half century". On July 1, 2008, Swann was succeeded by Eileen Guenther as president of the AGO. At the AGO's July, 2010, national convention in Washington, D.C., Swann was presented the Edward Hansen Award for Outstanding Leadership by the organization's vice president, John Walker.

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Choral
 
Be Strong And Of Good Courage
 

 
Be Strong And Of Good Courage - SATB (click title to purchase)
$1.75 (BG2218)

Composer: Frederick Swann 

Season: General   Released: 1992   Difficulty: Medium
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Cathedral Accents
 

 
Cathedral Accents - SATB (click title to purchase)
$2.50 (F2342)

Composer: Traditional Hymns, FrederickSwann Arranger: Fred Bock, Frederick Swann, Mark Thallander 

Season: General   Released: 2008   Difficulty: Medium

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Cathedral Accents #2
 

 
Cathedral Accents #2 - SATB (click title to purchase)
$2.25 (F2350)

Composer: Traditional Hymns, Fred erickSwann Arranger: Fred Bock, Don Fontana, Jan Sanborn, Frederick Swann, Mark Thallander Author/Lyricist: Traditional, Lloyd John Ogilvie 

Season: General   Released: 2009   Difficulty: Medium

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Let The Whole Creation Cry
 

 
Let The Whole Creation Cry - SATB (click title to purchase)
$1.95 (F2333)

Composer: Frederick Swann Author/Lyricist: S A Brooke 

Season: General   Released: 2006   Difficulty: Medium
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O Little Town Of Bethlehem
 

 
O Little Town Of Bethlehem - SATB / solo/ organ (click title to purchase)
$1.25 (BG2174)

Composer: Lewis Redner Arranger: Frederick Swann Author/Lyricist: Philips Brooks 

Season: Christmas   Released: 1990   Difficulty: Medium

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The Heart Of The Eternal
 

 
The Heart Of The Eternal - SATB (click title to purchase)
$1.25 (BG2133)

Composer: Frederick Swann Author/Lyricist: Frederick Faber 

Season: General   Released: 1989   Difficulty: Medium
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The Unchanging God
 

 
The Unchanging God - SATB (click title to purchase)
$1.60 (BG2176)

Composer: Frederick Swann 

Season: General   Released: 1991   Difficulty: Medium
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What Does The Lord  Require Of You
 

 
What Does The Lord Require Of You - SATB (click title to purchase)
$1.25 (BG2263)

Composer: Frederick Swann 

Season: General   Released: 1994   Difficulty: Medium   Scriptural Reference: Micah 6:8

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Crystal Cathedral Golden Collection
 

 
Crystal Cathedral Golden Collection - Organ (click title to purchase)
$34.95 (BGK1033)

Arranger: Frederick Swann, Mark Thallander, Richard Unfried, Christopher Pardini, Sean Groombridge 

Season: General   Released: 2006   Difficulty: Medium

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Festival Praise For Organ
 

 
Festival Praise For Organ - Organ Solo (click title to purchase)
$14.95 (BGK1032)

Arranger: Diane Bish, Fred Bock, Mark Thallander, Steve Sturz, Frederick Swann 

Season: General   Released: 2005   Difficulty: Medium

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Four Hymn Improvisations For Organ
 

 
Four Hymn Improvisations For Organ - Organ Solo (click title to purchase)
$14.95 (F0658)

Arranger: Frederick Swann 

Season: General   Released: 2006   Difficulty: Difficult

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Four Hymn Improvisations For Organ #2
 

 
Four Hymn Improvisations For Organ #2 - Organ Solo (click title to purchase)
$14.95 (F0659)

Composer: Traditional Arranger: Frederick Swann 

Season: General   Released: 2008   Difficulty: Difficult

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Hymns Of Praise & Power
 

 
Hymns Of Praise & Power - Organ (click title to purchase)
$12.95 (BG0705)

Arranger: Frederick Swann 

Season: General   Released: 1985   Difficulty: Medium

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Trumpet Tune
 

 
Trumpet Tune - Organ (click title to purchase)
$7.95 (BG0897)

Composer: Frederick Swann 

Season: General   Released: 1991   Difficulty: Medium
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