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The annual (not-to-be-missed) Halloween Organ Recital will return for the 14th year, however for 2019 this great concert will take place at St. John’s, Shaughnessy (SJS), 1490 Nanton Avenue and not at it’s usual location at St. Andrew’s – Wesley United Church at Burrard and Nelson in downtown Vancouver. St. Andrew’s - Wesley is undergoing substantial renovations and is not available this year.

That is not a problem because SJS has recently completed an ambitious renovation and upgrade of their 4 manual Hallman organ.

The Hallman was installed at SJS in 1968 and this upgrade 51 years later under the direction of Organist and Director of Music, Michael Dirk with the enthusiastic support of the rector, the Reverend John Stephens and the generosity and support of the parish has been a great success. The primary organ technician responsible for the work is Steve Miller, who is based out of Calgary.

Concert Programme

  • Michael Dirk -  J.S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565  
  • Angelique Po -  Felix Mendelssohn Prelude in C Minor, Op. 37 no. 1  
  • Tamar Genossar -  J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 533  
  • Cindy Ma -  Edvard Grieg Death of Åse and In the Hall of the Mountain King, from Peer Gynt  
  • Sandra Bower -  Fréderic Chopin, arr. by H.Clough-Leighter Marche Funebre from Piano Sonata No. 2  
  • John Pals -  John Pals Prelude and Fugue on a Theme by Henry Mancini  
  • Susan Ohannesian -  Hector Berlioz March to the Scaffold (from Symphonie Fantastique)  
  • Michael Molnar -  Josef Rheinberger Scherzoso, from Sonata No. 8  
  • Theodor Kullak -  Witches' Dance  
  • John Mitchell  - Léon Boëllmann Introduction-Choral and Toccata, from Suite Gothique
  • AND... a special encore from Michael Dirk



  • Organist John Mitchell at the console at St. Andrew’s – Wesley 2018
  • Organist Michael Dirk at the console at St. Andrew’s – Wesley 2018