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More Details…

John S. Dixon CAGO has written close to 900 pieces over the past 30 years. Many of his numerous organ pieces, engaging and accessible works that make for incredibly useful preludes and postludes, have been published in 10 collections by Zimbel Press and Lorenz Publishing Co. He will play a program from these and other unpublished pieces and will describe how and why they were written. You will be able to take home some free music, and he will have published volumes available at a discount from the published price.

Born in England in 1957, John Dixon learned to play the pipe organ at his high school, which had a two manual Hill, Norman and Beard instrument in the assembly hall. He was not active as an organist when he moved to America in 1988. However, he filled the organ bench at his church, Providence Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, during an emergency in 1998 - and has now been there for twenty four years.

He joined the AGO to connect with other organists locally, and thus began an unexpected journey. He has served two terms as chapter dean of the Tidewater Chapter; co-chaired the 2009 Regional Convention in Tidewater (south east Virginia); earned the CAGO certificate shortly before his 60th birthday; and currently serves on the National Council of the AGO as Treasurer and Councillor for Finance and Development.

He has been composing seriously since 1990 and now has some 875 compositions to his credit, many of them published. His current project is to share his own music in person in all 50 states, and Massachusetts is state number 23 in that project. John composed all the pieces he has programmed for this visit.

In 2003 he was appointed Executive Director of the Academy of Music, a non-profit community school based in Norfolk, Virginia - a position he still holds.


Light refreshments will follow the program.

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