September 2017

Nunc Dimittis Joseph Peter Fitzer, born February 6, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois, died July 21. In 1970, he received a doctorate degree from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, with concurrent study at the School of Music of De…
Keeping up appearances Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue in New York City run north and south, parallel to each other a block apart. Together they form one of the world’s premier high-end shopping districts starting around 34th Street and…
Recital programming: Program notes Seated one day at the harpsichord, I was weary and ill at ease because the mid-July deadline for this column was approaching too rapidly, and my mind, in its summer mode, seemed frail as a lily, too weak…
We have probably all heard that studying in a foreign culture is life changing, that one will learn a lot and grow as a person. After spending spring and summer of my sophomore year of college in Germany in 2016, I can say that those are…
Editor’s note: Part 1 of this article was published in the July issue of The Diapason, pages 17–19. Part 2 was published in the August issue, pages 18–21.   Re-pitching of the Pedal  In Figure 23 we see the C side of the Pedal 16′ Trombone…
Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders, Bellwood, Illinois 1966 Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company Opus 1455 Church of the Holy Comforter, Kenilworth, Illinois  Organ renovation projects are as diverse as the instruments themselves.  The decisions and…
Schoenstein & Co.,  Benicia, California Grace Episcopal Church,Hartford, Connecticut   A Symphonic Church Organ?? What does “symphonic organ” mean? The definition of this often-misunderstood term is best prefaced by what it is not. The…