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Membership in the Spreckels Organ Society provides the following benefits:

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  • Invitations to Special Events

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Send a check made out to Spreckels Organ Society and include your name and address (email address and phone number are optional).

To support the Jared Jacobsen Educational Fund, just write “JJ Fund” on the Memo line of your check.

Send to Jean Samuels at this address:

3175 Maple St.
San Diego, CA 92104

(During the COVID-19 pandemic, Society mail is forwarded to Jean, the Society President. Mail that is sent to the institutional address listed elsewhere will also reach us.)


Non-Profit Group of Music-Loving Volunteers

The Spreckels Organ Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that depends in large part on memberships and donations. When John D. Spreckels and his brother, Adolph, gave this organ to the people of San Diego at the start of 1915, they made it clear that its music must be offered free of charge. Till this year, no one imagined how this requirement was good preparation for the new media of the Internet.

As with free libraries, public education, and similar innovations of the Progressive Era, the generosity of visionary benefactors presented a challenge to each of the generations that followed — in this case, to sustain the grand project of the Spreckels Organ and its music.

Enjoyment.. inspiration.. meditation – all who listen have the chance to savor this music for a few moments under San Diego’s skies and consider its message — or surrender to its spell.

For more than 100 years, though other media have arisen to capture the public’s attention and imaginationthis, still the call of the King of Instruments — the fascination of its design and the chest-thumping strength of its acoustic power — keep our musical family alive and well.

We know that music heals.

Thank you for helping the Spreckels Organ Society to program, promote, and preserve this musical treasure for all to enjoy.

Programs of the Spreckels Organ Society:

  • Maintenance and enhancements of the organ
  • 52 Sunday concerts
  • Support of the Jared Jacobsen Educational Fund, underwriting concerts for fifth-graders whose classes make scheduled visits, and developing online resources for teachers and students.
  • The San Diego International Organ Festival (not held in 2020; we are planning for 2021).
  • Organ student scholarships.

Jared Jacobsen Educational Fund

Jared Jacobsen

Civic Organist from 1978 to 1985, Jared Jacobsen (1947-2019) was a music educator, superb concert organist and talented scholar. Though he liked playing for the Pope and for huge audiences, he most enjoyed offering support to his musical students. Watching their growing capability and confidence was his greatest pleasure. Deeply involved in the spiritual and musical life of the Chatauqua Institution close to the Pennsylvania hills where he grew up, Jared divided his time between San Diego and New York each year, cultivating talent and inspiring awe for his own great organist skills everyplace he went. His sudden death in a car accident in August 2019 came too soon for his many friends, students, fans, and colleagues. He left a legacy, however, of grateful students and appreciative peers.

The Society had for many years helped pay the professional fees required to offer quality mini-concerts to visiting classes of students from area elementary schools. Naming this program fund for Jared allows the Society to remember him for the work he loved most. The increased support that may come from the fund’s association with such a great yet humble talent will enable the Society to develop new modes of reaching out to students of every age and at any location.

Should you wish to make your donation to the Jared Jacobsen Educational Fund rather than to membership in the Society, just add a message to that effect with your online donation, or write a note in the Memo space when you make out your check. Your gift will be credited accordingly.

Rising Stars and their sponsors, 2017

The two “Rising Star” organists of the 2017 are joined onstage by underwriters for that evening’s concert.

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