June 2012

Pasi Organ Builders, Inc., Roy, Washington, Opus 19 Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, Houston, Texas   Pasi Organ Builders, Inc., Roy, Washington, Opus 19 Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral,  Houston, Texas   From the organbuilder The instrument is placed…
What if I told you that there is surviving Italian organ music as splendid as Giovanni Gabrieli’s In Ecclesiis and as ethereal as Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere? A few months ago, I would not have believed it either. In fact, I was under the…
The new Thomas organ of Monaco is a completely new instrument in a resolutely contemporary façade   The present Cathedral of Monaco was consecrated in 1911; exactly one hundred years later, on December 8, 2011, the Archbishop of Monaco…
For the first time in Ann Arbor, the complete organ works of François Couperin (1668–1733) were performed on two evenings by students of Professor Marilyn Mason. Couperin’s Mass of the Convents was performed on March 16 and his Mass for…
  Leaving notes out Last month I wrote about using altered rhythm as a practice technique. This month I am writing about another way of practicing that also involves changing the note picture away from what is actually on the page…
The power of teachers My wife Wendy’s daughter Meg is a vibrant young woman who inherited an intense sense of curiosity from her mother. She’s an avid reader, an intense student of whatever is the subject of the day, and well versed in…
   Ronald Cameron Bishop, Jr., age 74, of Westfield, New York, died April 14 at St. Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was born on June 18, 1937 in South Orange, New Jersey. A Westfield resident since 1987, Bishop and his…