Organ Playing Series: “The Organist As…”

Pray Tell is happy to announce a new video series on leading congregational song from the pipe organ: “The Organist As…” Presenter is Jan Kraybill A new video in the series will appear once a week for the next 25 weeks. Featured in the videos is the recently expanded 112-rank four-manual Holtkamp-Pasi pipe organ at Saint John’s Abbey.

Here is the intro to the series:

And here is the first video in the series:  “The Organist as… Inspirer.”

Future installments in the series include organist as conductor, improvisor, bridge builder, singer, storyteller, praise band, percussionist, orchestrator, community builder, and life-long learner … and more!

About the presenter: Jan Kraybill is an active concert organist, organist-in-residence at the headquarters of Community of Christ in Missouri; and organist at Village on Antioch Presbyterian Church Overland Park, Kansas. She is former president of the Hymn Society.

This video series is made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.


  1. I love playing hymns with varied last verse harmonies and various registrations. Both techniques can be very effective when they reflect the textual mood of the verses. I love your arrangement of that hymn.

  2. I did this for 45 years, so yeah, there’s a bunch of reactions from joy to “s/he plays too loud/fast/slow.” It is always the unhappy and loud critics who, in the absence of pastoral and congregational spines, make music directors’ lives unhappy.

    She has a magnificent instrument, and she plays brilliantly (go to her website and listen to the Widor toccata). I wonder how many times she’s been required to play ‘On Eagles’ Wings” on it?

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