Organ players of Columbia

Monday, July 1, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:02 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 5, 2013
An organist plays and reads music.

COLUMBIA — The pipe organ plays an important role in the lives of four Columbia residents who serve as organists for their churches.

Amy Cook, of Olivet Christian Church, Colleen Ostercamp, of First Baptist Church of Columbia, Eric Aldrich, of Parkade Baptist Church, and Michael Bancroft, of First Presbyterian Church, often play at their respective churches. They started playing the organ in their youth.

“Being an organist and being part of a church family is just one of the most wonderful things there is in life,” Cook said.

“We are there to aid those people, in those pews, in the worship of God, not the worship of our music,” Bancroft said.

This is a view he thinks is shared among organists about their role in worship services.

This video helps explain their connections to the organ and the importance of the instrument in church services.

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