April 2015

Words and music  Ralph Kirkpatrick: Letters of the American Harpsichordist and Scholar, edited by Meredith Kirkpatrick. University of Rochester Press, November 2014, 186 pages, $60. Framed by illuminating and affectionate foreword and…
Patrick J. Murphy & Associates in Stowe, Pennsylvania, recently completed a major renovation of the organ at Church of the Covenant, Scranton, Pennsylvania. The 3-manual, 37-stop, 56-rank instrument recasts the existing 1960s-era…
Quezon City, Philippines, is the largest and most populated city in metropolitan Manila, with a population of over 2.5 million; at one time it was the capital of the country. In this city is the Central Complex of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (…
Charles Dodsley Walker, 94, died in New York City on January 17. At the time of his death he was the conductor of the Canterbury Choral Society, organist and choirmaster emeritus of the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City, and the…
The first University of Michigan Organ Conference took place in 1961, featuring Anton Heiller, and was the brainchild of Marilyn Mason. It is singular in the organ world for its longevity. Just two other schools offer comparable…
Valve jobs, ring jobs, and protection Most faucets and spigots have rubber washers that act as gaskets. When you turn off a faucet, the washer is compressed, sealing the opening to the pipe and stopping the flow of water. If you turn…
Listening Carefully II  As I wrote last month, I want to continue to muse about aspects of listening carefully to one’s own playing while actually playing. I say “muse” because this is not cut-and-dried. It is about the psychology of…
John Obetz, of Leawood, Kansas, died February 12, 2015. He was 81. Obetz, known for his “The Auditorium Organ” radio program, broadcast from the Community of Christ (previously RLDS) Auditorium, taught for more than 30 years at the…