The Joy of Music | Diane Bish
“Stunning, virtuoso, fiery, astonishing.”
“Diane Bish is a worldwide ambassador for the organ and its music...We can be thankful to Diane for the many friends she has won for the organ.”
The American Organist
“Her playing is virtuosic and solidly musical….she blasted the crowd out of its pews in a whooping standing ovation.”
The Boston Globe
“An organist of extraordinary technical skills….”
San Francisco Examiner
Diane Bish is the most visible and influential classical organist performing today. Concert and recording artist, composer, conductor, and international television personality, Diane Bish has displayed her dazzling virtuosity and unique showmanship the world over to international acclaim. Her performances have been hailed by critics as stunning, virtuoso, fiery, and astonishing.
Miss Bish's television program The Joy of Music is broadcast to over 300 million people around the world each week. The show combines exhilarating organ and ensemble performances with an informative, inspirational narrative and exciting world travel. After twenty-five years of continuous broadcast, The Joy of Music is one of the longest running television programs still in production with new programs taped, edited and broadcast each year. The Joy of Music library boasts over 500 episodes featuring famous cathedrals, concert halls, churches and organs.
Miss Bish's unparalleled achievements as a young performer gave her the credibility and determination to launch The Joy of Music international television series as a platform for awareness and appreciation of 'the king of instruments," offering viewers enriching performances of classical and sacred music. This tremendous outreach to the general public on behalf of the organ as well as her longevity as a leading recitalist distinguishes Miss Bish in the world of music.
In 1989, Miss Bish was awarded the National Citation by the National Federation of Music Clubs of America. Considered to be the Federation's highest honor, Diane Bish shares this rare distinction with such legends as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Van Cliburn, Robert Shaw, Irving Berlin and Fred Waring in receiving this award "for distinguished service to the musical, artistic, and cultural life of the nation."
A consummate church musician, Diane Bish served as senior organist and artist-in-residence at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for over 20 years. While at Coral Ridge Church, she was instrumental in developing one of the country's first church concert series, creating an annual church music workshop for musicians around the world, and designing the 117-rank Ruffatti organ, distinguished as one of the great organs in America. In her book Church Music Explosion, Miss Bish shares her philosophy of excellence in church music.
Miss Bish has recorded on the foremost organs of the world and was the first American woman to record on the four organs of Freiburg Cathedral, Germany. Featured on over 30 of her recordings are music for organ and orchestra, brass and organ, great organ masterpieces, organ and harp, original works, and hymn arrangements.
The sparkling creativity and artistry of Diane Bish is equally evident in her compositions. She has composed numerous solo pieces, arrangements, and full symphonic works which have received much acclaim and are performed regularly due to her ability to combine musical quality with accessibility.
Her list of creative projects also includes the Diane Bish Signature Series by Allen line of digital organs. Working closely with the technicians and designers at Allen Organ Company, Miss Bish beautifully combined her musical vision and expertise with the superior technical design of the Allen Organ. Many Diane Bish Signature Organs have been installed around the country and are available through the Allen Organ Company.
Diane Bish began her study with Dorothy Addy in Wichita, Kansas, and continued as a student of Mildred Andrews. She was a recipient of Fulbright and French government grants for study in Amsterdam and Paris with Nadia Boulanger, Gustav Leonhardt and Marie Claire Alain. Diane Bish: First Lady of the Organ by Warren Woodruff was published in 1993.