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The Biography of a Pipe Organ

November 19th, 2015

A NEW BOOK! Read the biography of an organ, and with it, the biography of a city. The Estey pipe organ in Marion’s Memorial Coliseum was one for Estey’s storied “luminous” consoles.  That in itself should make this book worth reading.  But more than that, the organ was a symbol of all that was good, […]

Join us at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10, to hear international organ virtuoso Raúl Prieto Ramírez in the inaugural concert for the E. M. Skinner/Reynolds Associates pipe organ at High Street United Methodist Church in downtown Muncie, IN. Our project which took place in two phases over 6 years, included renovation of the 4 […]

  Martin Ellis will play the rededication concert on the pipe organ at First Friends Church in Noblesville, IN.  We have just completed (I mean, a few hours ago) a renovation of this organ that includes a completely renewed and refurbished Moller console, replacing the dilapidated Wicks console on this Wicks organ.  The console had […]

Occasionally, the demands or opportunities of life part us from dear friends and colleagues. So it is that we must say goodbye to Martin Ellis.  Martin has accepted a professional opportunity that will take him to Portland, Oregon.  I understand that in Portland they have beautiful weather and good food.  Now they also have one […]

A Thought for Today…

July 17th, 2014

      “The only escapes    from the misery of life   are music     and cats…”         -Albert Schwetizer (physician, humanitarian, organist)            

A Thought for Today

June 20th, 2014

Organ playing is the manifestation of a will filled with the vision of eternity. – Charles Marie Widor

On Playing Bach

July 17th, 2012

“Remember that Bach is not idiomatic keyboard music, but an imitation of voices, instruments, or ensembles, and use the resources of the piano (organ?)  accordingly.” -Ralph Kirkpatrick   (1911-1984), American Musicologist and Harpsichordist

Albert Schweitzer

April 24th, 2012

Most of us know of Dr. Albert Schweitzer as the great and selfless doctor who left his home to establish a hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon. But Schweitzer was also a theologian, philosopher, organist, and organ builder.   In 1956, an academy-award winning documentary about his life was produced.   I watched it this evening, and […]

Renovating the Human Soul

April 8th, 2012

  A Wreck of time… As I write this, it is Easter afternoon.   It has been a full day.   Tina and I have been priviledged to have our grandson, age almost 8,  overnight.   This morning, we did the Easter Bunny thing, hunted for eggs in the backyard, and headed off to church. […]

Alive and Well

April 1st, 2012

          As I travel through the organ world, I sometimes get comments from well-meaning and uninformed folks that seem to imply that my work is about as timely as that of a typewriter repairman.   Even more frustrating is opening my Sunday morning newspaper, the Marion, IN Chronicle-Tribune, to find an […]

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