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Famous Female Organists

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List of famous female organists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female organists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being organists. There are thousand of females working as organists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic organists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a organist then the people below should give you inspiration.

People include everyone from Ethel Smith to Susi Jeans.

While this isn't a list of all female organists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female organists?" and "Who are the best female organists?"

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    Barbara Harbach is a composer, harpsichordist, organist and teacher. Since 2004, she has been Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She founded Women in the Arts-St. Louis to highlight women's work and gain more performances for musicians and composers. A number of her pieces have ...more

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    • Profession: Professor, Harpsichordist, Composer, Organist
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    Nadia Boulanger
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    Juliette Nadia Boulanger was a French composer, conductor, and teacher who taught many of the leading composers and musicians of the 20th century as well as leading living composers and musicians. She also performed as a pianist and organist. From a musical family, she achieved early honours as a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1887-1979)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Conductor, Composer, Organist, Teacher
    • Credits: Nadia Boulanger: Mademoiselle
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    Alexandra Fol in Sofia, Bulgaria is a Bulgarian-Canadian composer who resides in Montreal, Canada. Fol has composed more than 40 works in different mediums, which have been performed by ensembles such as Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, the orkest de ereprijs, Ossia New Music, the New Fromm players, the ...more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Bulgaria
    • Profession: Organist
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    Twinkie Clark
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    Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark-Terrell is a two-time Grammy award–winning American gospel singer, composer, musician, and evangelist, as well as member of the Hammond Organ Company's Hall of Fame. She is a member of The Clark Sisters, an influential gospel vocal ensemble active since the late 1960s.more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Twinkie Clark & Friends: Live in Charlotte
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    Amina Claudine Myers
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    Amina Claudine Myers is an American jazz pianist, organist, vocalist, composer, and musical arranger.more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Arkansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Pianist, Musician, Composer, Singer, Organist
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    Violet Louise Archer CM was a Canadian composer, teacher, pianist, organist, and percussionist. Born Violet Balestreri in Montreal, Quebec, in 1913, her family changed their name to Archer in 1940. She died in Ottawa on 21 of February 2000.more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1913-2000)
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Profession: Pianist, Composer, Organist
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    Emm Gryner is a Canadian singer-songwriter and occasional actress.more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Sarnia, Canada
    • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, Writer, Organist
    • Credits: One Week
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    Rosa Rio
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    Rosa Rio, born Elizabeth Raub, was an American theater and motion picture organist known for production and arrangement. Rosa Rio began her career as a silent film accompanist. She became a leading organist on network radio for soap operas and dramas. She continued to perform until the age of 107, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 108 (1902-2010)
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Organist
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    Ethel Smith was an organist who played primarily in a pop style on the Hammond organ. Born Ethel Goldsmith, she performed from a fairly young age and traveled widely, learning several languages. She became proficient in Latin music while staying in South America, and it is the style of music with which ...more

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    • Age: Died at 94 (1902-1996)
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Dancer, Organist
    • Credits: Melody Time, Bathing Beauty, Twice Blessed, Cuban Pete
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    Sippie Wallace was an American singer-songwriter. Her early career in local tent shows gained her the billing "The Texas Nightingale". Between 1923 and 1927, she recorded over 40 songs for Okeh Records, many written by herself or her brothers, George and Hersal Thomas. Her accompanists included Louis ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1898-1986)
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer, Organist
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    Renée Pietrafesa Bonnet is a French/Uruguayan composer, pianist, organist, harpsichordist and conductor. Her compositions spanned both popular and classical genres which included Electroacoustic music.more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Profession: Conductor, Pianist, Harpsichordist, Composer, Organist
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    Shirley Scott was an American hard bop and soul-jazz organist. She was best known for working with her husband, Stanley Turrentine, and with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, both saxophonists. She was known as "Queen of the Organ".more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1934-2002)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Organist
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    Carole Ruth Terry is an American organist, harpsichordist, and pedagogue.more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Profession: Organist
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    Eleanor Joanne Daley, or simply Eleanor Daley, as she is more widely known and publicized, is a Canadian composer of choral and church music, a church choirmaster, choral clinician and accompanist. Among her best-known works are The Rose Trilogy and Requiem. Daley holds a bachelor's degree in organ ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Parry Sound, Canada
    • Profession: Composer, Organist
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    Barbara Dennerlein
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    Barbara Dennerlein is a hard bop, post-bop, and jazz organist. She has achieved particular critical acclaim for using the bass pedalboard on a Hammond organ, and for integrating synthesizer sounds onto the instrument, and has been described as "the most interesting jazz organist to emerge during the ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Munich, Germany
    • Profession: Organist
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    Rolande Falcinelli was a French organist, pianist, composer, and pedagogue.more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1920-2006)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Composer, Organist
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    Chelsea Chen

    Chelsea Chen
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    Chelsea Chen is an internationally renowned young American organist and composer. She has been successful in establishing a concert career in North America, Europe and Asia. She has composed several original compositions, and has adapted music ranging from major classical repertoire to video game ...more

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    • Age: age 32
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Organist
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    Dr. Evelyn Lim is the founding dean of the Singapore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She has been one of the main driving forces behind the renaissance of organ music, both sacred and secular, in Singapore. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's of Music, summa cum laude, in both Organ and ...more

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    • Profession: Organist
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    Rhoda Scott
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    Rhoda Scott is an African-American hard bop and soul jazz organist. The daughter of an AME minister, Scott spent much of her childhood in New Jersey, where she learned to play organ in the churches where her father served. Soon she herself was serving frequently as organist for youth and gospel choirs ...more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Dorothy, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Organist
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    Dame Gillian Constance Weir DBE is a New Zealand-British organist.more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Martinborough, New Zealand
    • Profession: Organist
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