2023 East Texas Pipe Organ Festival

November 5-9, 2023

Complete Schedule of Public Events

All Concerts are Free of Charge

Sunday, November 5

8:00 p.m. Opening Concert

Clara Bartz

First Presbyterian Church

815 E. Main St., Kilgore, Texas

Monday, November 6

10:00 a.m. Organ Recital

Grant Smith

St. Luke's Methodist Church

401 E. Main St., Kilgore

3:00 p.m. Organ Recital

Marshall Joos

St. Luke’s Methodist Church,


8:00 p.m. Organ Recital

Christopher Marks

First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore

Tuesday, November 7

10:00 a.m. Organ Recital

Emily Amos

First United Methodist Church

400 N. Fredonia St., Longview, Texas

2:00 p.m. Organ Recital

Elena Baquerizo

First United Methodist Church, Longview

4:00 p.m. Organ Recital

George Bozeman

Trinity Episcopal Church

906 Padon St., Longview

8:00 p.m. Organ and Violin Recital

Ken Cowan, organ

Lisa Shihoten, violin

Chan Teague, tympani

First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore

Wednesday, November 8

10:00 a.m. Organ Recital

Scott Dettra

First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore

2:00 p.m. Organ Recital

Joby Bell

St. Luke's United Methodist Church


Thursday, November 9

10:00 a.m. Organ Recital

David Hurd

St. Mark’s Cathedral,

908 Rutherford St.

Shreveport, Louisiana

2:00 p.m. Organ Recital

Frederick Teardo

St. Mark’s Cathedral, Shreveport

4:00 p.m. Organ Recital Honoring the Life of William Teague

Richard Elliott

St. Mark’s Cathedral, Shreveport

8:00 p.m. Silent Movie

“The Camerman,”

Starring Buster Keaton

Clark Wilson, organist

First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore

Our contact information:

East Texas Pipe Organ Festival

P. O. Box 2069 - Kilgore, Texas 75663-2069

Email: EastTexasPipeOrganFestival@gmail.com

Tax deductible donations may be sent to

The Roy Perry American Classic Organ Foundation (RPACOF)

P. O. Box 2069

Kilgore, TX 75663



Honoring the Life and Work of Roy Perry (1906- 1978)

ROY PERRY (1906-1978) was organist-choirmaster at First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, Texas from 1932 to 1972. After meeting G. Donald Harrison, Mr. Perry worked for Aeolian-Skinner as a sales representative, designer, and tonal finisher, and was responsible for many of the company’s instruments throughout Texas and the South, working with T. J. Williams and his family of organ technicians from New Orleans. In this capacity, Mr. Perry designed and finished organs in Harrison’s concept of the American Classic Organ and developed his skills as a tonal finisher. It was in this latter area that he excelled, and his organs are characterized by unusual polish and coherence both in the build-up of stops and within the individual ranks.

As a designer, he had influence over the organs he sold, and he developed many theories in pipe scaling and in the complex composition of mixture stops, but was probably best known in his field as a designer and finisher of string celeste tone of the most notable character and beauty. These latter elements are especially evident in his last major work, the supervision of the three-year renovation (1973-1975) of the Great Organ in Washington Cathedral, where, among his many tasks, he designed two sets of specially scaled wide-mouth string celestes – a construction unique to that installation.

Throughout his career as an organ builder, Roy Perry remained most dedicated to the preparation and performance of church music of the highest caliber, and he taught the legacies and principles of church music to those who passed through his choir and congregation.

Email: EastTexasPipeOrganFestival@gmail.com

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Kilgore, TX 75663


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East Texas Pipe Organ Festival, Honoring the Life and Work of Roy Perry (1906 - 1978).