January 2012

  Parkey OrganBuilders, Duluth, Georgia Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, Shreveport, Louisiana October 2011 marked the completion of the new pipe organ by Parkey OrganBuilders for the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, Shreveport,…
Even as Bynum Petty’s anticipated  book on the life of Mathias Peter Möller and the early years of the company he founded nears completion, what may have been the last chapter of organbuilding at 403 N. Prospect Street in Hagerstown,…
The Rie Bloomfield Organ Series 2011–2012 presented Jehan Alain, 1911–1940: The American Festival at Wichita State University, September 28–30, 2011. The following is a personal reflection. In January 2009, the church where I have been…
June 20–25, 2011 was a week full of high energy and excitement. Selected professional organists from around the U.S. gathered for the first annual Ascension Organ Academy at Manhattan’s Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Fifth Avenue at…
  Continuo, Part 3 The core of this month’s column is a description of the approach that I suggest for drilling and learning the actual—improvised—creation of continuo parts at the keyboard. The fundamental reason that it is better…
 App-titude I admit it. I’m a Mac-junkie. After my Blackberry fell out of my shirt pocket into a hotel ice bucket, I tried an iPhone (everyone’s doing it) and found it easy to use. I used PC’s since they were first widely available…
  Burns Smith Davis, 63, died September 8 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Born Bonnie Jill Reimer, she later changed her first and last names to those of beloved piano teachers. Davis received BMus and master of library science degrees from the…
The fourteenth Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival took place September 9–11 at the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield, Connecticut. The schedule included a competition, concert, worship services, and masterclass. Charles Callahan…