Grab your Orca card (if you don’t have one, you should get one) and meet us at the Tacoma Dome Station on October 21 at 4:25 for a trip to the Paramount Theater in Seattleto hear organist Tedde Gibson accompany a silent movie. Details of the meeting, including transportation arrangements and cost, are available in the calendar entry.
A native of Tacoma, WA, Tedde began playing piano at age four, studying with Gail Brooks and the late Dorothy Bade. He later studied pipe organ with the late Dr. Edward Hansen, former American Guild of Organists (AGO) president, piano with Dr. Stephen Moore, and voice with the late Dr. Thomas Goleeke at the University of Puget Sound (UPS). He studied classical organ improvisation with Prof. David Dahl of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, and Dr. J. Melvin Butler of the University of Washington(UW) and St. Marks Cathedral, Seattle, WA. While attending UW, he also studied with Dr. Carol Terry. Tedde has also coached with theatre organist Jonas Nordwall of Portland, OR and the late Andy Crow of Olympia, WA. Since moving to the Metropolitan DC area in late 2003, he has studied classical organ with Howard University professor and musicologist Dr. Mickey Thomas Terry. Mr. Gibson briefly studied at Peabody Conservatory of Music as a student of former AGO President Dr. John Walker.
He cut his theatre organ teeth as an organist at Pizza and Pipes in Tacoma, WA for 5 years until that restaurants’ demise in 1999. He performed extensively on the premier theatre and classical organs in Washington State prior to moving to the east coast.
Mr. Gibson is a sought after silent film accompanist and has performed in Seattle, New York City, Detroit, Burlington, NC, Stone Mountain, GA, Jersey City, and Philadelphia, PA at the famed Macys/Wanamaker store which hosts the world’s largest playing pipe organ.
Following the performance, Mr. Gibson will be available for discussion and questions in the theater bar.