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    Organist's robes

    Although I normally wear a choir robe (with slit sleeves), there are times when I would like to have my own -- e.g. funerals. I see a lot of sources out there on the web. Any suggestions? Can I just get a black one for all-purpose wear?

    Also, I'm fairly new to this. What kind of stole or other decoration is appropriate? Is it different for an organist alone versus one playing with a choir? Is there a standard color that can be used throughout the year, or does it need to match the season? (It's a Methodist church.)

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    I had my own robes/vestment that I used during my lifetime.. Black cassock with while surplice with slit sleeves. My choirs at one Episcopal Church wore light gray cassocks with surplice style cotta in proper colors for the church seasons. ( expensive but nice ) . Didn't use any decorations but did wear a cross. Can buy from many online/retail suppliers or can be handmade if you know someone who sews.
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    I wear vestments, black cassock with long sleeves, and a white surplice (looks like this image) for all of our liturgical church services, regardless if a choir is present or not. We have a 'convergent' worship where no robes are used, even for clergy, where the atmosphere is very informal. The pastor does wear his ordination stole, however.

    A choir robe type stole would look rather odd with cassock/surplice. If one wanted to be very formal, a Scapular would be the way to go and could have all the colours for each liturgical season.

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    I tend to buck the trend I think - Black suit, white shirt.
    No Organist robe for me, always assumed it was more for people with Organist qualifications - not a self taught pianist turned Organist like me!!
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    jONESEY..imho IF YOU CAN PLAY IT YOU EARN IT.... ( THE ROBE )
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    Quote Originally Posted by wljmrbill View Post
    jONESEY..imho IF YOU CAN PLAY IT YOU EARN IT.... ( THE ROBE )
    I am with JONESEY on this one. I am qualified - but I hate having to wear a cassock to play the organ for every service. However, I do refuse to wear the surplice (white cotton over-garment with voluminous sleeves) when I am playing or conducting.

    There has been at least one occasion when, during my concluding voluntary after Mass, one of the Gentlemen of the Choir has come up to the organ loft to turn my pages, forgotten to take off his surplice - and I have found myself with one hand inside his sleeve, trying to play the correct notes. (In case you are wondering, the last time this happened, they had to re-consecrate the church after I told him, quite bluntly, what I thought of his surplice....)

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