December 2014

Alan Dann, president of the Estey Organ Museum of Brattleboro, Vermont, died September 7 at the age of 80. Born March 29, 1934, he was educated at Harvard University; Teachers College, Columbia University; and the University of Connecticut…
Glendon Frank:Remembering Hilda Jonas Harpsichordist, pianist, teacher, and, most importantly, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Hilda Jonas passed away peacefully at age 101 in her San Francisco home on September 12,…
Mercer University has acquired and has dedicated a new organ for the organ teaching studio in McCorkle Hall, Townsend School of Music. The instrument, the Giuseppe Englert Memorial Organ, was originally built by Victor Gonzalez in 1953 in…
From the organbuilder The Bryn Athyn Cathedral organ has been one of the most fascinating and challenging instruments in the history of the Kegg firm. Oberlin graduate and active Philadelphia organist Fred Haas has always admired the work…
The Diapason is pleased to partner with the Chicago and Fox Valley Chapters of the American Guild of Organists and the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Organ Historical Society in presenting a Midwinter Pipe Organ Conclave, Sunday and Monday…
Two leaders in the organ world served as faculty for the 64th Sewanee Church Music Conference: Todd Wilson and Peter Conte. Wilson is director of music and worship at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as head of the…
Despite the combination of carelessness and wars over the past 400 years, an exceptionally large corpus of keyboard music compiled during the 16th and 17th centuries has survived in manuscript form in Poland. It is extremely rich in…
On March 2, 2014, the Feast of the Transfiguration, Raymond H. Herbek began his own transfiguration from an earthly body to an immortal one. I had known Ray, as he was called, for 40 years and always found him to be amiable, interested in…
Spring break This month’s column is, in a way, a lark or a diversion. It is a winter visit from next spring or from last summer. I am writing about, of all things, my golf game. I am doing this not really—or not entirely—as a break from…
The show must go on. Each month, The Diapason sports a flashy color photo of a pipe organ on the front cover. (So do the other guys.) These photos show the glamorous side of the trade—exciting new instruments and important renovation…