About Us

Patron in Chief: Her Excellency The Hon. Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria
Patrons: The Right Reverend Andrew St John DD; Mr Douglas Lawrence OAM

The Society of Organists (Victoria) Inc. was founded in 1938 by a small group of Melbourne organists who felt the need for a fellowship of organists sharing the same communion of interests. Herbert Davis was elected the first President by his founding colleagues. The Society is a descendant of one of the oldest organists associations in the world – its origins can be traced back to the formation of a society of organists in Melbourne in 1887. The Society aims to encourage and uphold high musical standards amongst members, teachers and students of the organ, as well as fostering an interest in the organ and its music in the wider community.

What Do We Do?

The Society arranges visits to organs old and new, organ playing competitions, choral and organ festivals, concerts by International and Australian organists and many other musical and social events. Encouragement is given to younger people to learn, play and enjoy the vast repertoire of the organ.

Aims of the Society

  • To promote and cultivate an interest in, and a love of the organ and its music.
  • To promote a friendly exchange of ideas amongst members of the Society.
  • To promote meetings, events and publications pertaining to the organ.
  • To encourage a high standard of musicianship amongst its members.

Postal Address: Society of Organists (Vic) Inc. GPO Box 543, Melbourne, Vic 3001