OHTA 2018 Conference

Each year the Organ Historical Trust of Australia organises a conference lasting about a week in one of the states of Australia. Conferences have also been held on both islands of New Zealand. These conferences bring organists and those interested in the instrument together from all over Australia, as well as New Zealand, the UK, the USA, Asia and Europe. Often, an international authority on the history and restoration of historic organs attends as a key-note speaker. Past guests have included Uwe Pape (Germany), Barbara Owen (USA) and Stephen Bicknell (UK). Opportunities are provided for recitals on historic and instruments. Members often have time to play and inspect the instruments for themselves and papers on the preservation of organs and other relevant topics are presented and later published in OHTA News.

Upcoming conferences

  • 2022 Auckland, NEW ZEALAND


Past conferences


St Patrick’s Basilica, Fremantle

Dear members and friends of OHTA,

By now you would all be aware of the disruptions being caused across the world by the current Covid-19 pandemic.

As a result, we have found it unfortunately necessary to postpone the 43rd OHTA Annual Conference, planned to be held in Western Australia in September 2020, now planned to be held in September 2021.

We regret this decision but felt it to be in the best interest of our members.

Separately, there will be a need to hold the OHTA AGM at some point later this year. We may arrange this to coincide with another organ event, likely in the eastern states.

The Organ Historical Trust of Australia website  and OHTA News will provide up to date information on the OHTA conference and the AGM as it becomes known.

At this time, our thoughts are with the entire cultural community, including organists, music directors, choirs, churches and other organisations, whose livelihoods will be severely threatened during this crisis.

Thankfully though, the wonderful realm of music is still around us to support us in times when we are tested.  So we hope that you can all make time to pause, listen and fully engage with your favourite organ related music, perhaps via the internet or from your own collections of CD’s and vinyl LPs.

We hope that you can all stay well and safe, and we look forward to when we can meet again in person.

Yours sincerely,
Steven Kaesler
Chair, OHTA