Welcome to the St. John’s Organ Society

Providing Summer Organ Concerts, Educational Tours, and Community Outreach since 1992.

St. John’s Organ Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of E. & G. G. Hook’s Opus 288 (1860) built for St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Bangor, Maine.


St. John’s Organ Society Summer and International Concert Series

The St. John’s Organ Society hosts a summer concert series and two international concerts each year, as well as occasional special events.

31st Summer Concert Series – 2024

The 31st Summer Concert Series takes place on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm from July to September.

Concerts are held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bangor, Maine, are open to the public, and are free, though donations are greatly appreciated.

July 25 – Steven Young

August 1 – Erica Johnson

August 8 – Hentus van Rooyen

August 15 – Sarah Johnson

August 22 – Duo Edelen
Christina Scott Edelen (organ), Fred Edelen (cello)

August 29 – Season Finale
Anatole Wieck (violin), Sarah Hoskins (cello), Kevin Birch (organ)

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Support SJOS


Your support of the St. John’s Organ Society is greatly appreciated. Your tax-deductible donation will enable us to continue and expand our efforts to share the beauties of E. & G. G. Hook’s Opus 288 through public concerts (Summer Organ Concert Series and a mid-winter International Artist Concert), education, and community outreach.

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About the St. John’s Organ Society

A Short History

By Carlton Russell

In 1993, a year after being appointed Director of Music and Organist of St. John’s Catholic Church, Kevin Birch established the St. John’s Organ Society, an organization committed to the preservation and appreciation of the church’s beautiful and historic E. & G. G. Hook pipe organ, Op. 288 (1860). This large instrument was described by John Fesperman, Curator Emeritus of Musical Instruments at the Smithsonian Institution, as “a musical monument of great importance”, and by Alan Laufman, past president of the Organ Historical Society, as “a national treasure.”

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