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Wilbur Held, composer, teacher, and servant “gentle and humble in heart” (Matthew 11:29), died on March 24, 2015, in Claremont, California, a few...
The arrival of the Christian faith in Nigeria in the mid-nineteenth century dramatically changed the musical landscape in the West African nation...
Orgues Létourneau, St-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada Opus 127 St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, Texas   From the choirmaster When I assumed my...
David E. Wallace & Co.  Opus 35/35a  (2003 & 2012) Christ Chapel, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia In 1996,...
Words and music  Ralph Kirkpatrick: Letters of the American Harpsichordist and Scholar, edited by Meredith Kirkpatrick. University of Rochester...
Patrick J. Murphy & Associates in Stowe, Pennsylvania, recently completed a major renovation of the organ at Church of the Covenant, Scranton,...
Quezon City, Philippines, is the largest and most populated city in metropolitan Manila, with a population of over 2.5 million; at one time it was...
Charles Dodsley Walker, 94, died in New York City on January 17. At the time of his death he was the conductor of the Canterbury Choral Society,...
The first University of Michigan Organ Conference took place in 1961, featuring Anton Heiller, and was the brainchild of Marilyn Mason. It is...
Valve jobs, ring jobs, and protection Most faucets and spigots have rubber washers that act as gaskets. When you turn off a faucet, the washer is...
Listening Carefully II  As I wrote last month, I want to continue to muse about aspects of listening carefully to one’s own playing while...
John Obetz, of Leawood, Kansas, died February 12, 2015. He was 81. Obetz, known for his “The Auditorium Organ” radio program, broadcast from the...
Relocation and resurrection I received a telephone call in May of 2010. A lady familiar with Buzard Pipe Organ Builders’ restoration work had...
From the organbuilder In 1976, a fire at the historic Christ Anglican Church in London, Ontario, caused severe damage to the interior of the nave as...
Richard Rephann, 82, harpsichordist and director emeritus of the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments, died on December 29, 2014, in...
The Haarlem International Organ Festival (July 12–26, 2014) celebrated a milestone with its 50th Improvisation Competition this summer. The festival...
Note: All letters, photos, articles, and other memorabilia used here are from the personal library of Dr. Alexander Boggs Ryan, housed at Trinity...
Listening carefully It seems to me that there exists a set of challenges and opportunities that arise from questions about how to listen to one’s own...
Where’s the fire? Throughout my organbuilding career, I’ve owned and driven large vehicles. There was an interval when I tried a mini-van. It was a...
John Hubert Corina, 86, of Athens, Georgia, died December 13, 2014. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he studied piano and organ with his father. As a young...