June 2015

Going Greene In a March communication, “Harpsichord News” follower Thomas Orr (Columbus, Georgia) suggested several recent publications that he thought might be of interest to our readers. The most monumental of these, Bruce Gustafson’s…
Acoustics in the Worship Space I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, and X have appeared in The Diapason in the May 1983, May 1984, January 1986, May 1987, April 1988, April 1990, July 1991, May 1992, April 2009, and December 2012 issues,…
Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra is the author of Bach and the Art of Improvisation, published by CHI Press of Ann Arbor, Michigan. (See Figure 1.) She earned degrees in organ performance and pedagogy, choral music education, and music theory,…
My dad led a big, bold, beautiful life.    So Peter Obetz said as he eulogized his father, John Obetz—organist, teacher, mentor, family man, and friend to so many, who passed from this life on February 12, 2015, at the age of 81.  John…
Nunc Dimittis John Emery Bryant died March 19. Born May 26, 1961, he was organist of Kenilworth Union Church in Kenilworth, Illinois, and had previously served as organist and director of music at St. Gall Catholic Church, Chicago, as…
Summer break I am writing only briefly this month just to let everyone know that I am, for the first time since starting this column, going to take a summer vacation. I won’t be writing columns for the next few months and will return in…
The right tool for the right job Parking a car in New York City is not for the faint of heart. I can reliably find a space in our neighborhood, as long as I remember to feed the meters ($3.50 per hour), and move the car, following street…
Grandall & Engen,  Maple Grove, Minnesota Schaefer organ, ca. 1910 St. Mary’s Ridge Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Ridge (Cashton), Wisconsin The Schaefer Organ Company of Slinger (Schleisingerville), Wisconsin, was active from about 1880…
Peragallo Pipe Organ Company, Paterson, New Jersey Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, Brooklyn, New York A stroll through the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn immediately tells you this neighborhood is experiencing a new day. The landscape…