Frederick Swann

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Frederick L. Swann (born 1931) is a prominent American church and concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor, and former president of the American Guild of Organists (2002–2008). During his career spanning more than a half-century, he has performed on most of the well-known pipe organs in the world and made numerous compact disc recordings. He isOrganist Emeritus of the Crystal Cathedral and the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.

Swann currently lives in Palm Desert, California, where he is Artist-in-residence at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and University Organist and Artist Teacher of Organ at the University of Redlands.

Early years and education

Frederick Swann was born in West Virginia in 1931. The son of Methodist bishop Theodore M. Swann, he began taking piano lessons as a from the organist at Braddock Street United Methodist Church in Winchester, Virginia, where his father was pastor 1937–1943. By the age of ten, Swann was playing the church's organ for services when his teacher died suddenly.

Swann's older brother, Edgar, also an organist, was......
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