Philly mourns resident organist

Philly mourns resident organist


norman lebrecht

October 02, 2020

The organist John J. Binsfeld, resident at Christ Church Philadelphia for 45 years, has died at 76 of leukaemia.

He was picked for the post while still studying at Curtis and stayed until retirement.

Obituary here.



  • Edgar Self says:

    Grand, Noble, Hanclian. “Rest in yhe Lord.”

  • Ron Coles says:

    Prof. John Binsfeld was my organ teacher at Temple University. He was much more than a lecturer of music, he was the finest example of true musical excellence. Grounded in pedagogy, his technique has survived for generations. I love you John. He was a father figure, mentor, and dear friend to me. His life and artistry given totally to the ultimate honor and glory of Almighty God. I am sure he is already holding rehearsals for the Choirs of Angels. Until we meet again, on heaven’s golden shore.