October 2015

Alan Curtis died unexpectedly on July 15 in Florence, Italy. He was 80 years old.  His 1956–58 Fulbright Award brought him to Amsterdam, where he studied harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt. While working toward a master’s degree in…
A mystery, a cautionary tale, and a little advice   A new “liturgical mystery” from author Mark Schweizer The Maestro Wore Mohair is the twelfth addition to his rib-tickling series of books featuring Hayden Konig, the doubly employed…
Schoenstein & Co.,  Benicia, California Dahlgren Chapel,  Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Schoenstein & Co. has built a new organ in the symphonic style for Dahlgren Chapel of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The…
To look or not to look During my months off from writing this column, I heard from several readers, partly with various stories or questions or comments about organ study, but also with some suggestions for topics for future columns. These…
A thousand ages in Thy sight . . .  In June 1956, the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company, under the leadership of tonal director G. Donald Harrison, was rushing to complete the new organ for St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in New York City.…
The Organ Historical Society’s 60th Annual Convention took place in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, with the Marriott Hotel in central Springfield as the convention headquarters. I arrived on Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited on…
While the Sistine Chapel—la Cappella Sistina (which takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who reorganized it in 1471)—is a must-see for many who travel to Rome, it is unlikely they will hear music performed there, as any services and…
Taylor and Boody Organbuilders Staunton, Virginia Opus 70, 2015 Virginia Theological Seminary Alexandria, Virginia   Virginia Theological Seminary and the Organ It is often said, “No one ever leaves a church humming the words of the sermon…