Music House Museum presents organist John Ledwon in concert on the 'Mighty' Wurlitzer Theater Organ. He will perform a variety of music from classics to contemporary. Ledwon is known and respected throughout the world and it is exciting to welcome him to Northern Michigan!! He resides just south of Los Vegas and commutes to LA where he is the staff organist at Disney's El Capitan Theatre.
Ledwon is a native of Southern California whose love for the organ began at 11 years old, when his family bought a Hammond M3 organ. After a visit to the Crome Organ Company in Los Angeles, he and his dad were absolutely enthralled. His dad searched around and found a 3/12 Wurlitzer and that started my formal introduction with the theatre organ. They had the organ professionally installed and his childhood passion for the theater organ has never waned.
Ledwon majored in organ at SCUN and UCLA with a minor in mathematics and theatre arts, getting his teaching credential. After graduating from college at 20, he did a 4-month tour with the USO entertaining troops in Alaska and Asia. Following that experience and returning to UCLA to get his masters degree, he began his teaching in the Thousand Oaks, California area.
Ledwon traveled giving concerts throughout Europe, the US and Australia and was also a regular on the Mike Douglas TV.
He taught mathematics and theatre arts for many years and did a small amount of concerts when asked. During this time he served as program chair and president of the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society, chaired the 1979 American Theatre Organ Society's (ATOS) National Convention in Los Angeles. He also served several terms as an ATOS board member and three years as ATOS President. For several years he taught theatre organ class at Pasadena City College and doubled the size of the program. He finally retired from teaching in 2000 after trying for a year to juggle teaching and his performance commitments. Presently, he does 5 to 10 concerts a year in various locations across the country and abroad, in addition to his commuting to the Disney theater for performances and recording.