Free Patriotic Organ Concert Is June 27

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
John Schwandt
John Schwandt

The Chattanooga Music Club will present its free 11th Annual Patriotic Organ Concert at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium at 399 McCallie Ave. on Tuesday, June 27, at 7 p.m.  The family friendly event is open to the public and will feature two silent movies this year. 

The ?master of ceremonies will be Greg Glover, anchor/reporter of WRCB TV.  AGO Chattanooga members will act as ushers. 

Organist John Schwandt, as guest artist, will present the organ program and branches of each service will be recognized and honored.

The program is as follows: 

Washington Post March 

Posting of the Colors 

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag Led by Captain Mickey McCamish, USN 

National Anthem: "The Star Spangled Banner" Margaret Abernathy, Soloist 

Salute to Veterans and Active Duty Military:
Army - Marines - Navy - Air Force - Coast GuardIn Remembrance of Our Deceased Service Men and Women by Rear Adm. Vance Fry, U.S. Navy
David Nail, Trumpeter 

"God Bless America" Margaret Abernathy 

John Schwandt in Concert-Organ Selections 

10 Minute Intermission

This year the CMC will feature two silent movies;  The City Slicker (1918) Harold Lloyd and We Faw Down (1928) Laurel & Hardy 

Improvisations by John Schwandt on the Mighty Austin, the Voice of the Auditorium 

Dr. John D. Schwandt, associate professor of organ and director of the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma School of Music, is a nationally acclaimed performer and is in demand as a clinician, recitalist, leader of hymn festivals, an organ consultant and silent film accompanist. 

Equally at home on a classical or theatrical organ, he is known for his musical versatility and ability to engage audiences of every kind. He has won awards in numerous notable competitions. 

Dr. Schwandt began his formal organ study with George Dump at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. His undergraduate studies were at St. Olaf College under the tutelage of John Ferguson. His graduate degrees, as well as the prestigious Performer's Certificate, were earned at Indiana University, having studied organ with Larry Smith.

He has served churches in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana as a parish musician. Prior to his 2006 Oklahoma University appointment, Dr. Schwandt was assistant professor of Organ and curator of Organs at Indiana University. 

He founded the American Organ Institute to preserve the unique American characteristics of the pipe organ. At the AOI it is possible to major not only in performance, but also In Church Music or Organ Technology. The addition of an empha I In Theatrical Organ is currently in development.

Seating is first come.  Donations will be accepted.  For more information, contact Buddy Shirk at 529-0315 or

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