September 2010

We’re havin’ a heat wave It’s hot. I’m writing in mid-July from the coast of Maine, where we usually enjoy cool ocean breezes. But records are being set. It was 98 degrees in Portland yesterday and it’s 98 degrees at home today. I said…
Richards, Fowkes & Co., Ooltewah, Tennessee Opus 17, 2010 The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas, Texas The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration was founded on Holy Cross Day, September 14, 1956, and the first permanent…
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Walnut, California Knight Organ Company, builder, San Diego, California Manuel Rosales Organ Builders, voicer, Los Angeles, California The congregation received the gift of its first and only organ from…
This is a work that has occupied me for the whole of the previous year in an effort to make it worthy of the lofty name it bears. It is also a work which, I believe, is likely to outlive my other creations the longest.”1 This was Schumann’…
Introduction Joe Hoppe has been organist and director of music for over 40 years at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans, Louisiana, located in the business district at 734 Camp Street. This historic church, completed in 1840…
Boëllmann Suite Gothique, Part 2: First movement This month’s column looks at the first movement—Introduction-Choral—of the Suite Gothique. In the main, we will outline an approach to practicing the movement, starting of course with…
Don’t blame the tools The carpenter is finishing a house. He’s carefully measuring and mitering baseboards, windowsills, and doorjambs. He’s distracted by a mosquito, and his hammer glances the nail creating a carpenter’s rosette. The…
Margaret T. “Meg” Flowers died April 30, at the age of 71, in Houston. She earned a BA from Vassar College in 1960, and MMus and DMA degrees from Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, in 1990 and 2004. She served as organist,…