November 2015

Nunc Dimittis   Paul Rogers Jenkins, Jr., who served as professor of organ at Stetson University’s School of Music in DeLand, Florida, from 1956–93, died on August 12 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Born on June 1, 1929, in Rock Hill, South…
Harpsichord Plus:  The Accompanied Music  of Jacques Duphly As a genre, accompanied harpsichord music seems to have come into being early in the 18th century. Indeed, the harpsichord accompanied by lute is commented on late in the 17th…
It works for me. After I graduated from Oberlin, we lived in a rented four-bedroom farmhouse with a huge yard in the rolling countryside a few miles outside the town. Foreshadowing fracking, there was a natural gas well on the property…
To look or not to look, part II To recap from last month, it has been my observation that making a practice of looking at the hands or feet while learning to play the organ will hinder a student’s becoming comfortable at the instrument and…
During its prime in the nineteenth-century, the reed organ was the preferred instrument in American homes and also deemed a fit substitute for the more expensive pipe organ. Large reed organs became common in civic gathering halls and…
The 65th Sewanee Church Music Conference offered attendees a packed week under the leadership of new director Todd Wilson. A stellar music faculty—Robert Simpson and Kevin Kwan—were joined by the Reverend Dr. David B. Lowry as chaplain to…
Musforum, the network for female organists, held its first conference, “The Muse’s Voice,” in New York City on June 19 and 20, 2015, at four churches that boast women as music directors and organists: West End Collegiate Church, Emmanuel…
Renowned organbuilder GabrielKney, who celebrates his 86th birthday in November, is well known across North America for the many instruments, large and small, which he has lovingly built for universities, homes, concert halls, and churches…
Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Lake City, Iowa, Opus 92 The Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee Try as we might, we can never replicate the art of a previous age—inevitably, our effort bears our own…
Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc., Warrensburg, Missouri Catalina United Methodist Church, Tucson, Arizona When Quimby Pipe Organs (QPO) was awarded the contract to build a new instrument for Catalina United Methodist Church (Catalina UMC) in…