Organ Recital with Minister of Music and Organist
Canon Philip Smith
The Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel
Replaces the scheduled Choral Evensong
Reception follows in Cleaver Hall
Philip Smith is Minister of Music and Organist at The Church of Our Saviour, Episcopal in San Gabriel, a historic parish in Los Angeles, since 2008. Previous work has been as the Organist and Choir Director at Temple Israel of Hollywood (1998-2008) and Wilshire United Methodist Church, Los Angeles (2002-2007). He was appointed Organ Conservator, Walt Disney Concert Hall in July 2004. His duties include playing demonstrations for groups, introducing the organ to guest artists and being an ambassador for the organ in Los Angeles.
In 2006, he was featured in the new book about the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ, “A Forest of Pipes” and released a demonstration CD on the organ with expert Manuel Rosales, who built the famed organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall. And most recently, he is featured in the new DVD, “The Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ”. The newest edition of this book, “10th Anniversary Edition” is now available with more pictures and interviews.
He was awarded the degrees of Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organ from Spring Arbor College in Michigan (1974) and a Master of Music Degree in Organ and Church Music from the University of Michigan (1978). His teachers have been Carol Toploski, Mary Anderson, Albert Bolitho, Robert Clark and Cherry Rhodes.
Whether appearing as a soloist, a member of the Price/Smith Duo for trumpet and organ, or as an accompanist for choral groups in Southern California, Phil has earned bravos worldwide – from Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; Wiesbaden, Germany; and Dublin, Ireland in Europe to concerts across the United States; San Francisco, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Jackson (Michigan), Walnut Creek, Pasadena, Tustin (California), the Los Angeles, California Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and a concert at St. Mel Catholic Church, Woodland Hills, CA.
Philip served as Dean, 2014-2016, and 2017, of the American Guild of Organists, Los Angeles.
He also is the organist for the yearly “Holiday Sing-a-long” in December at Walt Disney Concert Hall during the Christmas season.