Archive

February 2012
  William Lewis Betts died October 8, 2011, in Colebrook, Connecticut. An organist and organbuilder in Connecticut, he was founder of the William Betts Pipe Organ Company in Winsted, Connecticut; he built,...
  Ancient becomes the modern A quick, unscholarly search of the Internet tells me that besides the human voice, the flute is probably the oldest of musical instruments. Various articles date its origin between 30,...
  Hard pieces and  recalcitrant passages This month I am writing about the phenomenon of pieces being difficult and the related phenomenon of specific passages being hard to learn: either difficult by any...
  On October 8, 2011, the organ and sacred music performance students at Duquesne University, who study under the direction of Dr. Ann Labounsky, participated in a special masterclass given by Helga Elisabeth...
  I meet Herman Schlicker   After completing a master’s degree, I talked over options with my teacher, Robert Prichard. Since I was very interested in all things related to pipe organs, a career in...
  The East Texas Pipe Organ Festival took place November 14–17 in and around Kilgore, Texas, and was one of the best organ-related gatherings I have ever attended. This was largely because of two men: Roy...
  Glück Pipe Organs, New York, New York Faith Lutheran Church, New Providence, New Jersey The new pipe organ for Faith Lutheran Church was created for use in traditional worship and for the performance...
P.J. Swartz Organ Company, Eatonton, Georgia: Christ Church, United Church of Christ, Milwaukee, Wisconsin P.J. Swartz Organ Company,  Eatonton, Georgia Christ Church, United Church of Christ, Milwaukee, Wisconsin The P...
  Centenarian early keyboardist Virginia Duffey Pleasants died peacefully at her apartment in Philadelphia on November 26, 2011, seven months after celebrating her 100th birthday (see “Harpsichord News,...
Two Dutch organist/carillonneurs were named Knights in the Order of Oranje-Nassau: Adolph Rots of Garrelsweer and Gert Oldenbeuving of Zutphen.   Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) and the School for...