Archive

December 2012
James Earl Bratcher died on August 14. He was 77. In 1974 he formed the New Mexico Symphony Chorus and served as assistant conductor of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Bratcher earned degrees in voice, organ, and...
Acoustics in the Worship Space I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, and IX have appeared in The Diapason, May 1983, May 1984, January 1986, May 1987, April 1988, April 1990, July 1991, May 1992, and April 2009 issues...
Kegg Pipe Organ Builders,  Hartville, Ohio Sacred Heart Church,  New Philadelphia, Ohio   From the organbuilder I recently agreed with a colleague who said you can determine a pipe organ builder’s priorities...
Leek Pipe Organ Company, Oberlin, Ohio St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore, Ohio The Leek Pipe Organ Company of Oberlin, Ohio has renovated the 1942 Schantz organ at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore,...
The Carillon Academy of Lier, Belgium, offered a carillon summer course in July for beginning and intermediate levels as well as a masterclass for advanced students. The course was taught by Koen Van Assche and Geert D’...
Feeding your passion   What do you want to be when you grow up? I caught the pipe organ bug when I was a kid growing up in Winchester, Massachusetts. My father was rector of the Episcopal church, and the organist was a...
Organ Method III This is the next part of the Introduction, following directly from last month. Next month’s column will include the final section of the Introduction—which will finish up the preliminary discussion of...
During my many years of playing and specializing in Iberian repertoire, the most frequently asked question was always: “What IS a tiento?” According to various textbooks, tiento (Portuguese: tento) is a musical genre...
In the second half of July, leading figures from the international organ world gathered again in Haarlem, the Netherlands, for the 49th edition of the Haarlem International Organ Festival. It was here, in this wonderfully...