music arranger/composer, organist, pianist, choir director

Jerry van der Pol began arranging sacred music for organ and piano as a result of his experience working with many church organists and pianists over 25 years while he was an Allen Organ dealer in the Northwestern part of the US including Alaska.

His music is published by HW Gray/Belwin Mills (now Alfred Publications) and Adoro Music, a new online cutting-edge church music publisher.

His music published by Alfred is located here

This link to Adoro Music provides a view of the music, as well as mp3's of the piano and organ duets.

Jerry has extensive church music experience in both liturgical and evangelical churches. Currently he is organist/choir director at Denny Park Lutheran Church in the South Lake Union area of Seattle, and also Saturday organist at St. Monica Church, Mercer Island.

A native of Washington State, Jerry attended Dordt College of Iowa where the master teaching of Dale Grotenhuis was very significant in his musical formation.

Jerry and his wife Gerry (yes, that's correct) live in Shoreline (Seattle). They have two married daughters, two grandchildren in Scotland and a grandson and granddog in Oregon.

Church links

Being raised in Mt. Vernon, WA., midway between Seattle and Vancouver, Canada I was able to  listen to live church broadcasts from both cities.

Today the internet offers far more opportunities to join churches around the world in worship. Here are a few of my favorites

The Presbyterian Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal has one of the finest mixed church choirs in the world. The organ is a large Casavant in a reverberant cathedral-like room played by one of my favorite organists, Jonathan Oldengarm. I find his playing to be  some of the most musically satisfying anywhere. His hymn playing exhibits strong leadership, disciplined creativity, and sophisticated restraint. He is an effective player of a wide variety of organ literature from early music to his specialty - Sigfried Karg-Elert. The spectacular organ improvisation while the offering is brought to the table could lead one to believe that, for Presbyterians, the most important item of worship in the presentation of the offering! Audio on the church site is available for both the Prelude and Postlude, while the actual service is available in video.

South Main Baptist Church of Houston Texas will surprise those who think Baptists use only CCM, and country and western music. Here is standard classic repertoire sung by a fine choir which leads in worship every Sunday of the year, great hymn singing led by a great organist, and strong preaching. Note on the videos (which have extensive archives) how the youth sit in the front center of the church, and appear to be glad to be at worship!

Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto is one of the more formal and liturgical Baptist Churches. The choir, organ and preaching are all wonderful in a splendid setting. The video and audio quality are excellent and there are on demand archived services.

Duke University Chapel, has  one of the largest traditional church choirs in North America and they sing great repertoire. Huge congregations are visible in the videos. Two organs are normally used, the Flentrop in the rear gallery, and the thrilling Aeolian Organ in the chancel. Video and Audio with archives are available.

Other Links
The Allen Organ Company is in my opinion, the finest builder today of digital church organs, as well as the first builder of digital musical instruments, and the largest manufacturer of organs in the world. Check their website for installations, specifications and to listen to their instruments. I represented this company for 25 years and still am awed by their business, technological and artistic integrity. My home church purchased the first Allen Organ ever sold in the state of Washington in 1954.

North Pacific Organ and Sound is the firm which purchased the Cox Music, which I headed for 25 years. Now with a new name, the dealership continues as an Allen dealer uninterrupted for nearly 60 years!


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