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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, […]

The last time I posted to this blog was last spring, just before the spectacular rededication concert on the E.M. Skinner/Reynolds Associates organ at High Street United Methodist Church in Muncie, IN.  Raul Prieto Ramirez, the world-renowned virtuoso who now TEACHES ORGAN AT BALL STATE UNIVERSITY gave us a wonderful program. After High Street, we […]

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 […]

  Organ pipes are durable.  In fact, well-made organ pipes, properly cared-for, can last nearly forever.  They become a portal to the past, as we hear sounds that were crafted decades or even centuries ago. Part of a major organ project, such as the one at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shelbyville, is repairing and […]

  The organ’s console isn’t the organ, as I have pointed out before. But it’s certainly a major part of the organ. This week, after six months of careful renovation at our shop and at the shop of one of our specialty suppliers, the organ console for the St. Joseph organ returned to its place […]

Together, new pipes and old will form a new chorus of sounds for St. Joseph’s Church.

The Church and Communication

December 27th, 2014

I want to comment briefly about church communication in our post-modern world.   EVERY CHURCH, whether very large or very small, should maintain a website, and should have an e-mail mailbox that is posted on that website and is monitored at least daily.  Facebook and Twitter are great, but many people don’t know how to […]

When we last checked in on the pipe craftsmen in the Czech Republic, they had poured sheets of hot liquid metal onto a long table to cast the material for the new organ pipes for the Shelbyville organ. Then, we had to wait. Even in our busy, hi-tech world, some things take patience. If we […]

  What’s so special about a pipe organ? Well… THE PIPES! The new organ at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Shelbyville, IN, will include pipes made by the skilled hands of master craftsmen over a century ago, and undergoing restoration by skilled hands in our shop, and in the shop of our master reed maker, […]

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 […]

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