Archive

January 2013
During my doctoral studies at Boston’s New England Conservatory, I had the privilege of serving as organ scholar and assistant university organist and choirmaster at Harvard University’s Memorial Church. I fell in love with...
We have been blessed with beautiful weekends for this festival, but this year was especially lovely. The leaves don’t turn color until October, but the weather was indeed glorious. That, combined with wonderful organ music,...
The debate over the authenticity of BWV 565, the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, has continued for thirty years. This article summarizes and critiques key points of that debate, taking the position that J. S. Bach is not the...
Foley-Baker, Inc., Tolland, Connecticut St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral,  Minneapolis, Minnesota   From the builder The Welte name is mostly known for its roll-player mechanisms, the Mignon reproducing piano, and...
Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders,  Bellwood, Illinois Pilgrim Lutheran Church,  St. Paul, Minnesota The 31-rank organ at Pilgrim Lutheran, St. Paul, Minnesota, originally began its life as Schantz Organ Company Opus...
Nunc Dimittis Philip Ledger died November 18, 2012, at the age of 74. He was the youngest cathedral organist in the country when he was appointed to Chelmsford in 1961, and later became a collaborator with Benjamin Britten,...
Loft apartments   Built on the Rock the church doth stand, Even when steeples are falling; Crumbled have spires in every land, Bells are still chiming and calling; Calling the young and old to rest, But above all the...
Organ Method IV This follows directly—without a break—from the last sentence of last month’s column. The first part of this month’s excerpt is again aimed at the student who is new to the instrument, and I am trying to...