John and Marianne Weaver To Be Honored With AGO Recital and Gala Benefit Reception in Philadelphia

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a Recital and Gala Benefit Reception honoring John and Marianne Weaver on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 3 p.m., at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pa. The recital will feature John and Marianne Weaver, joined by Diane Meredith Belcher, Chelsea Chen, Ken Cowan, and Alan Morrison. The gala benefit reception will follow. A pre-concert on-stage conversation with the performers will be moderated by Pipedreams Host Michael Barone beginning at 2:15 p.m. The gala is sponsored by the AGO National Council, Eileen Guenther, president, and the AGO Development Committee. All proceeds will benefit the AGO Endowment Fund in the Weavers’ honor.

Recital and Gala Benefit Reception Tickets are $100 ($75 tax deductible) and may be purchased online at or by calling 212-870-2311, ext. 4308. The names of those who purchase their tickets by April 1 will be printed in the souvenir program book. Tickets for the recital only can be purchased online at

Display advertising in the commemorative recital program book is offered for a full page ($1,000 and includes two gala tickets) and a half page insertion ($500 and includes one gala ticket). Advertising insertion orders can be placed online at E-mail for further information. Advertising deadline is April 1. The publication will become a part of the American Organ Archives.

Those unable to attend the Recital and Gala Benefit Reception can make a contribution to the AGO Endowment Fund in honor of John and Marianne Weaver online at These names will also be published in the program book; all contributions received by April 1 will be included.


John Weaver’s musical studies began at age six at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, from which he received that school’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1989. A student of Alexander McCurdy and Robert Baker, he received the Diploma of the Curtis Institute, a Master of Sacred Music degree from Union Theological Seminary, and Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., and the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2005 he was named “International Performer of the Year” by the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Dr. Weaver was Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City from 1970 to 2005. He has also been head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, chair of the Organ Department at the Juilliard School, and served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College, Union Theological Seminary, and the Manhattan School of Music. For eleven years he was at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City where he founded a famous Bach Cantata Series. As a concert organist, he has played throughout North America, Western Europe, the United Kingdom and Brazil, at regional national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and at the 1987 International Congress of Organists in Cambridge, England.

Marianne Weaver graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where she studied flute with Gerald Carey and Samuel Baron. She completed her Master’s degree in flute at the Manhattan School of Music under the legendary William Kincaid of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal in 1969 and with Marcel Moyse in 1980. Mrs. Weaver was first flutist of the Holy Trinity Bach Orchestra in New York for twenty-five years, and has performed almost every Bach flute part written. She has played with numerous other orchestral groups including the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Canterbury Chorale Orchestra, Musica Sacra, and several light opera groups. In 1994 she was made an honorary life member of the Village Light Opera Group. She has also had a successful teaching career in New York City.


The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ ranks as the largest mechanical action concert hall organ in the United States. Also home to the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, the Kimmel Center was designed by New York architect Rafael Viñoly. The four-manual, 111-stop organ with nearly 7,000 pipes, can be played either from a mechanical action console or a second, moveable console on stage. The instrument was designed and built by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Lake City, Iowa, and is the firm’s Op. 76.