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Clay Christiansen Starts His Retirement with a Recital in St. Louis, Missouri

In April of 2018, Clay Christiansen completed his 35-year run as Tabernacle organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. His final organ solo “Morning Mood” was performed during Music & the Spoken Word, prior to the Sunday morning session of the April general conference. Watch the solo here »

Though he retired as a Tabernacle organist, Christiansen hasn't seemed to have slowed down one bit—on May 20, 2018, he will perform a recital at the Manchester United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Missouri. The recital, which is organized by the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, will start at 3:00 p.m. and is free to attend.

The program will include Bach’s “Prelude & Fugue in D Minor,” “O Columbia, Gem of the Ocean,” by Alexander Schreiner, an African-American spiritual “Were You There?” and much more, including three hymn settings, arranged by Christiansen.

Following the recital, on May 21, Christiansen will be speaking at the American Guild of Organists dinner at the Webster Groves Christian Church, at 6:30 p.m. Christiansen posted about the event on his Facebook page saying, “This event is open to the public. There is a $15 charge for the meal and reservations can be made through I hope to see you there!

Watch one of the many great organ solos by Clay Christiansen: