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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.

Famous women organ players 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?"
Barbara Harbach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous 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 been recorded by the Slovak Symphony Orchestra; its recording of a collection of her music released in 2008 received three major classical music awards. In 1989 Harbach founded the small Vivace Press, to publish music by underrepresented composers. In 1993 she was a co-founder of the journal, Women of Note Quarterly, and continues as its editor. ...more

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#37 on The Greatest Harpsichordists of All Time

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Nadia Boulanger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Organists
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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 student at the Paris Conservatoire but, believing that she had no particular talent as a composer, she gave up writing music and became a teacher. In that capacity, she influenced generations of young composers, especially those from the United States and other English-speaking countries. Among her students were those who became leading composers, soloists, arrangers and conductors, including Aaron ...more

Age: Died at 92 (1887-1979)

Birthplace: France, Paris

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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 thingNY ensemble, the Young Artists Orchestra, McGill University Orchestra, and others. In 2005 Fol was one of four composers commissioned to write a children’s work for the 70th anniversary of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra’s Children’s series. "Pegasus", op. 37 was performed throughout the 2005-2006 season and included in an educational CD for children. Important performances of her works ...more

Age: 36

Birthplace: Bulgaria

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Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Organists
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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

Age: 63

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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