August 2017

Nunc Dimittis William Thomas Farrell, III, died April 27. He was born May 20, 1934, in San Antonio, Texas. He attended San Antonio College, studying organ performance with Donald Willing. Farrell’s interest in the organ would change from…
August interlude I have decided to take a partial break from my sequence of columns about helping students to develop fingerings and instead write about a few miscellaneous matters that have been on my mind. These are all small but…
Installation My son Michael works for an architectural fabrication company in Boston that manufactures design elements for buildings, such as corporate logos with programmed LED displays, sophisticated signage, and art installations. They’…
Christmas in August For a Texan yearning to make a summer escape from the hot, humid city to the coolly refreshing mountains of New Mexico, generally an August reference to Christmas would signify the request for both red and green chile…
Editor’s note: Part I of this article was published in the July issue of The Diapason, pages 17–19.   Mouth heights  Mouth height, or “cutup,” as it is more commonly called by voicers, is the primary means of adjusting the timbre of a pipe…
Marceau Pipe Organ Builders, Seattle, Washington, Opus 35 University Lutheran Church,  Seattle, Washington  Marceau Pipe Organ Builders has completed their Opus 35, a three-manual and pedal organ of 25 stops, 27 ranks, and 1,714 pipes for…
American Organ Institute,  University of Oklahoma,  Norman, Oklahoma Oklahoma History Center,  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma A part of Oklahoma history, the Kilgen theatre organ originally installed in the studios of WKY Radio in Oklahoma City…