Do It Rite: The Organist as Conductor

In our second installment of Do It Rite, Fr. Anthony Ruff shares his expertise on the role of the organist as the leader of congregational song.



  1. John, I thought of those videos too! Thank you for linking to them. (Full disclosure: as the editor of the ISM Review, I was responsible for including them.)

    Yes, there is a nice commonality in the subject and the insights here, between what Anthony is doing and what Tom Murray accomplished in those earlier videos.

  2. You were very fortunate to be a pupil of Professor Murray. He is a true master. It’s a joy to have him on the bench at our parish.

  3. Nicely done, Anthony! I hope you’re also going to take a look at the Organist as Accompanist (for example in the Responsorial Psalm where the needs for supporting a single psalmist are different from those for leading a congregation). A third episode might be the Organist as Co-Worker. I’m thinking of times when the organist isn’t the leader, the cantor/song-leader is. That one might include such things as dealing with time-lag.

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