The Diapason September 2018 Newsletter

September 24, 2018

The autumn season began just a few days ago; one can feel the change in weather. For many of our readers, the new choral year is in full swing with rehearsals and performances. We wish you a successful and rewarding year of musical excellence!

Through the end of 2018, when purchasing a new or a gift subscription, you can receive one or more free CDs from Raven. For a one-year subscription, you receive one CD; for two years, two CDs; for three years, three CDs. Raven has generously provided a selection of six of their newer releases. For details and to subscribe, visit Remember, a subscription to THE DIAPASON makes an excellent holiday gift to a friend or student. (The CD offer is also available for our new digital edition, $35, and student subscription, $20.)

We are working on the 2019 Resource Directory, which mails with the January issue. The directory is the go-to booklet for contact information for businesses that cater to the organ, bells, harpsichords, church music, and much more. If your business was not listed in our 2018 directory, send your contact information to me (including telephone number, website, mailing address, etc.). If your listing needs updating since 2018, please send that, as well. Advertising opportunities for the directory are available. For advertising inquiries, contact Jerome Butera (; 608/634-6253). Deadline for the directory is November 1.

The September edition of THE DIAPASON continues our series by Michael McNeil on 1864 William A. Johnson Opus 161 at Piru Community United Methodist Church, Piru, California. Larry Palmer, in "Harpsichord Notes," introduces a new edition of keyboard works of Armand-Louis Couperin. John Bishop, in “In the Wind . . .,” reveals the interesting life of a little-known organist/organbuilder of the 19th century, William Horatio Clarke. In “On Teaching,” Gavin Black tells us about his interesting visit to London this summer.

This month's newsletter sponsor is Quimby Pipe Organs, which recently installed two modest-sized pipe organs in North Carolina. One is a two-manual, 18-rank instrument for All Saints Episcopal Church, Southern Shores, the other a three-manual, 30-rank organ for Central United Methodist Church, Concord.

—Stephen Schnurr 
Editorial Director & Publisher 

Stephen Schnurr

Editorial Director & Publisher