Join us in Garden Grove, California, to celebrate the life and career of Frederick Lewis Swann!
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In Memory of Frederick L. Swann
FREDERICK LEWIS SWANN (July 30, 1931 – November 13, 2022) was an American church and concert organist, choral conductor, composer, and president of the American Guild of Organists. His extensive discography includes both solo organ works and choral ensembles he has conducted.
Beginning in June 1982, Swann was appointed Director of Music and Organist at the Crystal Cathedral (now Christ Cathedral) in Garden Grove, California, where he conducted the choir and presided over the 5-manual, 265-rank Hazel Wright organ of 16,000 pipes, appearing weekly on the internationally televised Hour of Power worship services. He was seen by an estimated audience of twenty million viewers in 165 countries. (Read more here)
BRADLEY WELCH A native of Knoxville, TN, Bradley holds the Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Musical Arts, Master of Music degrees, and the Artist Diploma from Yale University. He also holds the Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from Baylor University.
Dr. Welch is a gifted teacher with particular emphasis on maximizing the expressive capabilities of any instrument; effective collaboration with choirs, instruments, and ensembles; and a coordinated, healthy approach to technique that maximizes pedal and manual technique. (Read more here.)
KEN MEDEMA Ken is one of the most creative and authentic artists performing today. For five decades, he has used music as a vehicle for creating conversation through storytelling and reflection. Ken custom designs each performance, integrating new and old music with his gift of improvisation to suit the occasion. With an ever-growing circle of friends around the world, Ken's vocal and piano artistry and imagination have reached audiences of 50 to 50,000 people in 49 United States and in more than 15 countries on four continents. Ken is a team player…loves working with event planners, spiritual leaders, teachers, and other artists. (Read more here)
OUR GUEST CONDUCTORS
CHRIST CATHEDRAL Originally developed under the guidance of pioneering evangelist Reverend Robert H. Schuller for his Garden Grove Community Church congregation, the campus was home to one of the first megachurches, the Crystal Cathedral in 1955. Schuller’s televised “Hour of Power” shows from inside the Arboretum and Crystal Cathedral, his ministries, and his insistence on using top architects and designers such as Richard Neutra, Philip Johnson, Richard Meier, and Gin D. Wong, created the basis for an international Christian center, which continues today. Beginning in June 1982, Fred Swann was appointed Director of Music and Organist at the Crystal Cathedral, now Christ Cathedral.
In 2012, with the blessing and support of Schuller, the 34-acre campus and its buildings were sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. The Cathedral itself is believed to be the first Protestant Church to be converted to a Catholic place of worship. The campus has now become the new spiritual center of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, the Christ Cathedral Campus.