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October 2013
Pay attention Once I spent an afternoon with a friend, dare I say lover, sitting on a rock at the seashore. The tide was coming in, and we were sitting there long enough to watch the water gain the shore one pebble at a time...
Organ Method XIII This follows directly from last month’s column. For those with little or no prior keyboard experience, I have made this method’s exercises simple, direct, and systematic. At the same time, assuming that the...
Howard Milton Latta, 91 years old, died February 6 in Fresno, California. A graduate of San Jose State University, where he majored in music, Latta served in the U.S. Army during World War II, following which he taught music...
On April 15th, tragedy marred the famed Boston Marathon when two bombs went off at the finish line. Three people were killed and 260 persons injured. Over the next week the nation was transfixed by news of the investigation...
In 1980, I was appointed organist and director of music at Queen Street Baptist Church in St. Catharines, a position I held for 18 years. In 1998, I was appointed organist and director of music at Lundy’s Lane United...
Abstract  Whether mechanical organ actions allow organists to control the way in which they move the key and thus influence the transients has been discussed for many decades, and this is often given as their main...
From the builder In December of 2011, my long-time friend and colleague Irv Lawless informed me that Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1472 would soon be available for relocation. Though the dialogue made clear that the organ’s location...
Immanuel Presbyterian Church, located in the historic Yankee Hill neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has long held a place of prominence in both the religious and social lives of Milwaukee. The congregation is a direct...