July 2011

A. E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company, Lithonia, Georgia Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida The early morning hours of December 23, 2007 were of significance and great loss for the Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. Due to…
Kegg Pipe Organ Builders, Hartville, Ohio First Presbyterian Church, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania The new Kegg organ in the First Presbyterian Church of Phoenixville replaces an organ that had been pieced together with parts mostly from…
Fayola Foltz Ash died March 15 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at age 85. Born in Lansing, Michigan, February 24, 1926, she received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1948. She taught piano for over 50 years, mostly in Ann…
The free organ works of Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713–1780) are eminently enjoyable to learn, perform, and listen to. They are available to any well-trained organist willing to invest dutiful practice. They pose no particular conundrums of…
It is a general belief that the stop composition of historical Italian organs is rather standardized, based on a series of principal-scaled stops forming the Ripieno, and enriched by one or two flutes. In many cases and especially for…
Measure up When I was an apprentice working in Oberlin, Ohio, we had a particularly bad winter, with several heavy storms and countless days of difficult driving conditions. As part of our regular work, my mentor Jan Leek and I did a great…
Memorization I ended last month’s column with a list of some ideas about memorization, sight-reading, and looking or not looking at the keyboards. This month and next I will focus on the pros and cons of memorization as a learning tool.…