December 2011

  Johannes Klais Orgelbau, Bonn, Germany, Opus 1881 First Church Congregational, Fairfield, Connecticut   From the Director of Music Serving at First Church as interim director of music and organist, I soon discovered some of…
Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Lake City, Iowa St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Park Ridge, Illinois Dobson Pipe Organ Builders,Lake City, Iowa St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Park Ridge, Illinois Dobson Pipe Organ Builders of Lake City, Iowa, has…
  With unflagging dedication, enthusiasm, and vision, Marilyn Mason planned and organized the 51st Organ Conference at the University of Michigan. European guest artists included Jaroslav Tůma, interpreter of Czech music; Almut Rössler…
  I  had never given much thought to organs or the organ culture in South Korea. My interests, along with, I suppose, those of many organists, lay in the direction of European composers. However, a recent trip to South Korea to visit…
  It is not unusual for a church choir to go on tour. Favorite destinations are the cathedrals of England, Italy, or France. Indeed, previous tours of the Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, Georgia, included Italy,…
  Personal settings Not long ago Wendy set the wallpaper-screensaver option on her PC so it would scroll randomly through her files of photos. Her machine often sits on the desk in her home office, which is next to our bedroom, so as…
Continuo, Part 2 This month I am following up on the discussion of continuo playing, offering more specifics about how to read and understand continuo parts. I will wait until next month to describe my approach to the teaching of…
Joseph Chaplin, 91, died August 8 at his home in Newbury, New Hampshire. Born August 2, 1920, in Philadelphia, he began singing in choirs at age ten. He earned degrees in history and political science at Ursinus College, and became a…