May 2011

Lewis & Hitchcock, Inc., Beltsville, Maryland Wesley United Methodist Church, Vienna, Virginia Wesley United Methodist Church of Vienna, Virginia, has a Wicks organ that was installed in 1966 and enlarged in 1971. The organ had begun…
J.H. & C.S. Odell, East Hampton, Connecticut Scarborough Presbyterian Church, Scarborough, New York I remember receiving my first phone call from Scarborough Presbyterian Church in late January 2005. I was delighted to have the chance…
I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear. —Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass1 Prologue Unlike political history, American choral music did not immediately burst forth with significant people and events. Choral music certainly existed in…
Introduction Religious conflicts brought about the Thirty Years War (1618–1648), which devastated Germany. Reconstruction took at least one hundred years,1 encompassing the entire lifetime of Bach. The Treaty of Westphalia (1648), which…
The eighth International Organ and Early Music Festival took place October 21–27, 2010 in Oaxaca, Mexico, with the theme, “Celebrating the Bicentennial of the National Independence and the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution.” To honor…
Buxtehude and Boëllmann—final thoughts (for now) For the last year I have looked, in as much depth as space seemed to permit, at the process of studying and learning two contrasting and, I hope, complementary pieces—the Praeludium in E…
The temperamental organ Winter was coming to an end, and at Fenway Park, fabled home of the Boston Red Sox, and the facilities manager was working down his checklist of pre-season chores. This would be the second year of the new ballpark…
Another member joins the harpsichordists’ century club Virginia Pleasants, harpsichordist, clavichordist, and fortepianist, celebrates her 100th birthday on May 9, 2011. Born in Ohio, she attended Wittenberg University and completed her…
Nancy Jane Blair died November 6, 2010. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, she graduated from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, and earned a master’s degree in church music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth…