The Spreckels Organ Society is a volunteer-driven 501-C-3 non-profit (Tax ID 33-0299072) incorporated in 1988 to preserve, program, and promote the Spreckels Organ as a world treasure for all people.
All concerts on the Spreckels Organ are free to the public in accordance with the original Deed of Gift by John and Adolph Spreckels. Concerts are held very Sunday at 2 p.m. for one hour (rain or shine) and on Monday nights comprising the International Summer Organ Festival – concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays from late June through the end of August. At least 62 concerts are scheduled during a typical year.
The Spreckels Organ Society maintains strong relations with other organizations to promote music education in general and pipe organ music in particular. Together with the San Diego chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the Society sponsors an annual competition and scholarship awards. Outreach to the general community through a series of Family Festival Days also helps acquaint new audiences with the organ.
Using the Pavilion for your group is possible by contacting the San Diego Park & Recreation Office of Developed Regional Parks at 619-235-1169. It is possible to use the Pavilion with or without the organ.
At any given time, the Spreckels Organ Society boasts approximately 1,000 members who renew annually. Membership benefits include:
- 10% gift shop discount
- Invitations to member events
- Close-up volunteer opportunities
- Support for musical programming and educational scholarships
Special events are scheduled on a regular basis, with popular offerings including:
- A springtime brunch followed by a special organ concert and insiders tour
- The annual “Bachs” Supper, this year preceding the July 6 of the summer series
- An annual grand fundraiser, now set for Sunday Dec. 13 at the Admiral Kidd Club
Special days at the Organ Pavilion include Bark in Balboa Park, a get-acquainted day shared with the San Diego Humane Society; Family Festival Days that offer introductory information to kids and families about pipe organs, music in San Diego, and other arts organizations; the Christmas Singalong at holiday time, the Christmas Tree lighting early each December; Earth Fair programming in April; Halloween fun; and Movie Night during one of the Monday evening concerts in August.
President: Jean Samuels
Vice President: Dang Nguyen
Secretary: Paul Saunders
Treasurer: Tom Warschauer
Ex Officio Trustees
Lyle Blackinton, Organ Curator Emeritus
Dale Sorenson, Organ Curator
Raúl Prieto Ramírez, Civic Organist
Ross Porter, Executive Director