June 2017

Nunc Dimittis Harry Huber, 102, of Salina, Kansas, died January 13. He was born January 17, 1914, in Gibbstown, New Jersey. He studied at Temple University and Boston University, earning degrees in piano, music theory, and organ. His organ…
Three-score and ten: Celebrating Richard Kingston Born June 6, 1947, Richard Kingston reaches his Biblical milestone of 70 years this month. Now he is widely celebrated as one of America’s most distinguished harpsichord makers, but when…
Frank Hastings, of the Weston Hastings For the past 25 years or so, I’ve been caring for a lovely little organ in a Lutheran church in Waltham, Massachusetts. It was built by the Hook & Hastings Company in 1927, their Opus 2542.…
Helping Students Choose Fingerings II This month I want to pose a most fundamental question: should we give fingerings to our students, or should we instead ask them to work out their own fingerings, with guidance from us? It is likely…
Sitting under a shade tree in his backyard last summer, sipping iced tea with Charles and Birgitta Hendrickson, I asked him about his philosophy of organ building. His immediate answer was, “If I can make them [the congregation] sing, I…
Bach’s aptly titled Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903, is a composition for keyboard—clavichord, harpsichord, or pianoforte—that appears to have originated in the course of the composer’s tumultuous transition from Weimar to…
This is the fourth and final installment in a series of articles that offer ideas for enriching service playing. (The first installment, on hymn playing, appeared in the September 2016 issue of The Diapason; the second installment, on…
Glück Pipe Organs,  New York, New York Immanuel United Church of Christ, West Bend, Wisconsin The new pipe organ in Immanuel United Church of Christ was built as part of a program of improvements to the congregation’s 1922 building. Scott…
Buzard Pipe Organ Builders, Champaign, Illinois Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Charleston, South Carolina 1963 Noehren organ, St.Richard of Chichester Episcopal Church, Chicago, Illinois Robert Noehren (1910–2002) was an influential…