May 2015

Henry S. Fusner, Nashville resident from 1970 to 2015, died February 2. He was 91. Born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, in 1923, Fusner grew up in New Jersey, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School and a doctorate…
What a winter. Our son Andy writes for a daily news service at the State House in Boston and gets to see his prose online and in print the next day. Writing for a monthly journal is a little different. You’re reading in May, and I can only…
Paul Jordan March 12, 1939–March 1, 2015   An appreciation As I was preparing this month’s column, I received news that my former teacher, mentor, colleague, and lifelong friend Paul Jordan had died after a lengthy illness. I decided to…
The Diapason’s inaugural “20 under 30” selections came from a field that included over 100 nominations, a response that surprised and delighted us. The nominees were evaluated based upon information provided in the nominations; we selected…
Wilbur Held, composer, teacher, and servant “gentle and humble in heart” (Matthew 11:29), died on March 24, 2015, in Claremont, California, a few months shy of his 101st birthday. A deeply thoughtful and meticulous musician, Held crafted…
The arrival of the Christian faith in Nigeria in the mid-nineteenth century dramatically changed the musical landscape in the West African nation through the exploits of the missionaries from Europe and southern United States, as well as…
Orgues Létourneau, St-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada Opus 127 St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, Texas   From the choirmaster When I assumed my duties during the summer of 2010, discussions about a new chapel organ at St. Mark’s School of…
David E. Wallace & Co.  Opus 35/35a  (2003 & 2012) Christ Chapel, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia In 1996, organist Mary Ann Dodd began a discussion with organ builder David E. Wallace about the possibility of a…