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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...
Malcolm D. Benson died on January 1, 2015, in Ontario, California, of complications from pneumonia. He was 94. Born in Winchester, Indiana, on March...
From the organbuilder It has been a high honor for me and my firm to design and build this new three-manual pipe organ for the St. Vincent Archabbey...
In 2015 there are several composers whose anniversaries can be commemorated, albeit some of the dates are not known for certain; some of the names...
The Organ Historical Society’s 59th Annual Convention took place in central New York with the historic Genesee Grande Hotel, Syracuse, as convention...
Sight-reading II The first thing that is required for effective sight-reading is that the reading process itself not be impeded by anything practical...
The Ugly Duckling” I am a hopelessly besotted fan of Patrick O’Brien’s magnificent series of novels about the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars...