Anne Krentz Organ (born 1960) is the Director of Music Ministries at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, IL, where she is responsible for worship planning, service playing, and multiple choirs and instrumental groups. She has degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy. Today’s prelude, a setting of the African-American spiritual, “My Lord, What a Morning,” is taken from a collection of reflections she wrote on tunes from around the world.
Ms. Organ writes both piano and choral works. She began to compose when she wanted to introduce more musical variety into a communion service for which she was playing. Describing the art of writing music, she says, “Composing requires a certain mind set—an ability to concentrate very specifically on the task at hand, and yet also to be open to taking an idea in a new direction… Self-motivation plus a deadline is a winning combination.”