Ted Alan Worth

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Ted Alan Worth (November 5, 1935 – December 27, 1998) was an American church and concert organist, recording artist, and entrepreneur of the pipe organ.


An associate of Virgil Fox,[1] he performed during his career on some of the largest pipe organs in the United States and made numerous compact disc recordings.[2][3]

Between 1966 and 1978 he toured throughout the U.S. and Canada with organist Andy Crow[4] as the Worth/Crow Duo; the duo were managed on the tour by Columbia Artists Management.[5]

In November 1983 he played the inaugural concert on the Ruffatti organ at the Ruth Barrus Concert Hall of Ricks College (now Brigham Young University-Idaho).[6]

As the American representative for Fratelli Ruffatti, he oversaw the design of major installations such as the organ in Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, CA,[7] Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall,[8] San Francisco, CA and the Crystal Cathedral organ in Garden Grove, CA.

He is buried in the cemetery of Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Ted Alan Worth - Legacy V (1965) Aeolian-Skinner Organ of 113-ranks at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. [OA5001CD]
  • Tribute Re-release of a 1969 recording made on the two-manual, 23-rank Ruffatti organ at Our Lady of Grace Church in Johnston, Rhode Island. [Organs Arts]
  • Ted Alan Worth in Concert on the Rodgers Touring Organ (1978) Rogers "Black Beauty" Touring Organ,[9] [Organarts MG-7-202,815]
  • Praise to the Lord (1978) with the San Francisco Civic Corale Chamber Chorus. Rodgers Classic Series 250 with Pipes [Organarts WSA-770515]
  • Ted Alan Worth performs on the Largest American Organ in Europe (1982) Rogers Organ, Auditorium of San Francisco in the Cáceres Arts Complex, Cáceres, Spain [Centerline CPI 8004/5; 2-LP set]
  • Music From The Curtis Organ, Ted Alan Worth (1988) Curtis Sesquicentennial Organ Austin, Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [CORS CD-141601]
  • Pipes Alive! Ted Alan Worth - Great Skinner Organ at Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [DTR9301CD]


  1. ^ Hughes, Allen (12 August 1982). "ORGANIST: TED WORTH". New York Times. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Phascinating Philadelphia". Pipedreams. June 17, 1996. American Public Meda.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ "A Tale of Two Cities". Pipedreams. November 3, 1997. American Public Meda.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ "Northwest Organist Andy Crow". Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "ANDY CROW, Guest Organist" (PDF). Musically Speaking, The Newsletter of the Bellingham Music Club. September 5, 2007. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "BYU-Idaho History: The Spirit of Hicks". Hafen Refines the Mission of Ricks Chapter 18. Public Relations Office, BYU-Idaho. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Organ St. Mary's Cathedral San Francisco 1971 by Fratelli Ruffatti". Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Martinfield, Seán (June 6, 2010). "The Ruffatti Organ & Cameron Carpenter at Davies Hall". San Francisco Sentinel. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "A Brief History of Rodgers Organs". Rodgers Organ Studio of Minneapolis. Retrieved 15 September 2012.