January 2018

Nunc Dimittis Margaret Smith McAlister died September 11, 2017. Born November 20, 1923, she was a lifelong resident of Tampa, Florida. McAlister’s early organ study began at the age of 13 with Nella Crandall, organist of First Christian…
Seeing the Music This month I write about seeing the music: vision, glasses, light, editions, page turns—things that have to do with the practical act of conveying the notes of a piece to the player through the player’s eyes. As the years…
It’s about time, it’s about space . . .  Music is one of the most elegant ways we have to measure and control time. Time is about the generous breath an organist gives the congregation at the end of a line of a hymn and the beautifully…
A posthumous gift from Gustav Leonardt It is now six years since Gustav Leonhardt departed this mortal coil on January 16, 2012, but his idiomatic arrangements of J. S. Bach’s solo violin and cello suites, partitas, and sonatas have…
In 1967 I heard that there was an interesting old organ in St. Peter Catholic Church in Bordelonville, Louisiana. I went to see the organ and found a small completely encased instrument in a filagree case with a handsome inlaid nameboard…
The St. John’s Organ Society of Bangor, Maine, reached a noteworthy milepost this fall with its “silver” anniversary! The organization was established a quarter of a century ago to maintain, promote, and foster public interest in E. &…
Randall Dyer &  Associates, Inc. Jefferson City, Tennessee Greeneville Cumberland  Presbyterian Church Greeneville, Tennessee This edifice is known locally as the “cannon-ball church” because of the Civil War cannon ball impaled in the…
A. E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company, Lithonia, Georgia The First Baptist Church of Christ, Macon, Georgia “Nurture. Love. Serve. ALL.” is the succinct version of the vision statement of the First Baptist Church of Christ, Macon, Georgia.…