December 2017

Nunc Dimittis Irene Greulich, kantor and organist of St. Wenzel’s Church, Naumburg, Germany, from 1971 until her retirement in 2008, died in Naumburg on August 28, 2017. After the fall of the Wall and the reunification of Germany, she both…
Helping Students Choose Fingerings VII  I start this month’s column by following up on my closing comment from last month, that I would write about how to recognize, in these particular circumstances, when a fingering issue is really a…
Who you gonna call? When I was an organ major at Oberlin in the mid-1970s, I had a part-time job working for Jan Leek, a first-generation Hollander who came to the United States to work for Walter Holtkamp and wound up as Oberlin’s organ…
From the Harpsichord Editor It was East Texas Pipe Organ Festival director Lorenz Maycher who first alerted me to the news that Zuzana Ru˚žicˇková had passed away. Shortly thereafter I read her extensive obituary in The New York Times (…
Musforum (www.musforum.org), a network for women organists, held its second conference, Prairie Voices, in Omaha, Nebraska, June 8 and 9, 2017. Omaha was the conference site because it is the only American city in which a woman serves as…
On the last day of September in this, the University of Michigan’s bicentennial year, a conference on the music of Louis Vierne, presented by the university in partnership with the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit, was dedicated to…
We settled into our seats after waiting in a long line to get into the Quire at York Minster. Extra chairs lined the floor in front of the choir stalls, and an usher directed us to sit there. Candles were already lit in the stalls where…
First Presbyterian Church,Monterey, California Schoenstein & Co. Pipe Organ Builders, Benicia, California The work of Murray M. Harris, the legendary Los Angeles organ builder whose firm built what is now the nucleus of Philadelphia’s…
Emery Brothers, Allentown, Pennsylvania St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia Founded in 1911, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is not old by Virginia standards. Located in the Westhampton section of the city near the then…