March 2018

Nunc Dimittis Wilbur R. Dodge, 83, died November 20, 2017, in Binghamton, New York, an engineer, physicist, professional photographer, English country dancer, organist, organbuilder, and organ technician. He graduated from Clarkson…
Handel with care As I write this column we are barely past the Feast of the Epiphany and are   settling in for a bit of “wintery mix” that will bring sub-freezing temperatures plus the threat of snow to much of northern Texas. Blessedly, I…
Organs for the people The early twentieth century was the golden age of the municipal organist. Dozens of cities across the United States installed monumental organs in public auditoriums, and brilliant organists were hired to play them,…
What is Performance? Part 1 What is performance? This is certainly a daunting question that is not only difficult to frame but can invite pompous answers. It is also one that we are all, as players, going to answer by our actions whether…
Introduction Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini—organist, harpsichordist, musicologist, teacher, and composer—died July 11, 2017, in Bologna, Italy. Born October 7, 1929, in Bologna, he studied, organ, piano, and composition at the conservatory…
Editor’s note: Part 1 of this article was published in the February issue of The Diapason, pages 22–24.   Hinners & Albertsen in Red Wing, Minnesota The Red Wing organ’s specification list represents the standard style 2/10, available…
American Organ Institute,  University of Oklahoma,  Norman, Oklahoma Trinity Lutheran Church, Norman, Oklahoma Built in 1909, this Hinners organ was originally installed in the Eighth Street Methodist Church in Oklahoma City and is…
Kegg Pipe Organ Builders, Hartville, Ohio Christ the King Chapel,  St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver, Colorado Every new pipe organ project, large or small, has a unique sense of importance. Rarely are we afforded the…